to the zoo


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.



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





Giraffa camelopardalis

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:


Haliaeetus leucocephalus
bald eagle


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!


Ardea herodias
great blue heron

(I think?)


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.


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?


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


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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