Monkeyin’ Around

Out of all the times we’ve visited my grandparents in Texas, we have never once been to the Dallas Zoo. We took the trip yesterday to walk around and see the animals and I’m so glad we did. The Dallas Zoo is almost two zoos in one, since it’s split into sections called “Zoo North” and the “Wilds of Africa.” My family spent the majority of our visit in the “Wilds of Africa” with the gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, penguins, lions, cheetahs, and of course, the giraffes.

This was the first time I had ever been so close to them! Emily is obsessed with giraffes, so right away she wanted to feed them. There’s a little platform you walk out on where the giraffes come right up, and it’s free to anyone who wants to see the animals up close or $5 for a handful of lettuce to feed them. The giraffes were totally focussed on the food and would stretch out their long tongues to get it. I was surprised at how rough it felt, like a cat’s tongue. The giraffes were so bold; one even reached out and licked my camera when I wasn’t looking.

The Dallas Zoo is neat, not only for the large number of animals it keeps, but for the size of its enclosures. One thing I noticed was that there were many lookout spots that allowed you to find the animals, no matter where they were hiding. It’s important, when visiting the zoo, to consider how the animals are being treated and if they’re given the space and amenities they require to life comfortable lives. I know that for me, as long as I can see that the animals are treated properly, I can enjoy my time at the zoo. This was definitely the case at Dallas. If you’re looking for a way to spend an afternoon, I would absolutely recommend it.

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