to the zoo

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When I asked our children for summer day trip suggestions, Rebecca’s first choice was a zoo.  Apparently, Animal Kingdom did not fully satisfy her zooey yearnings.  She wanted to see more cheetahs.  We were pleased to find that Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan features a cheetah exhibit.  Only 2 hours away from our home.

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For most of our visit, the cheetah lounged near the back of his or her enclosure.

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Giraffa camelopardalis
giraffe

Amusing to see African species grazing with a backdrop of typical Michigan forest.  I wonder what God thinks about his creatures living in non-native environments?

Binder Park Zoo also hosts many animals native to North America:

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Haliaeetus leucocephalus
bald eagle

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A scene from the Swamp Adventure 0.8 mile Habitat Boardwalk. If you look closely, you’ll see approximately 3.7 million mosquitoes in this photo. I would not recommend visiting Binder Park Zoo without mosquito spray. We were still bombarded after numerous applications!

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Ardea herodias
great blue heron

(I think?)

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Rebecca spotted this owl—dunno which variety—along the Swamp Adventure.  I’m surprised these birds remain within the zoo where they’re unrestricted.  I don’t think their wings are clipped.  It seems that frequent foot traffic would drive them away.  Hmmm.

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Our family recommends Binder Park Zoo for an educational and enjoyable day trip. We arrived only a few minutes after the gates opened at 9 am. We battled mosquitoes but few people. By 11:00 am, mosquitoes seemed less frantic, but human visitors swarmed. With our fast-walking tween-agers, we easily saw all that we desired by 12:30ish. Our children purchased cheetah apparel and art in the Safari Gift Shop which ended our tour. Perhaps we’ll feature those souvenirs in future blogposts?

8.7.10

P.S. I’m only a day behind in posting this vacation. Aren’t you proud of me?

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One thought on “to the zoo

  1. Cynthia says:

    Mosquitoes… ugh… they’re such a pain! We have them here as well.

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