I got up around 7:45 am this morning and was out the door a little after 8 o’clock to head over to the WPA Rock Garden and Sacramento Zoo. In the summer months, the zoo opens at 9:00, so I went over to the garden to take some photos and walk around until the zoo gates opened. While I was taking photos, I was headed off by a Brahma chicken that I think escaped from Fairytale Town, and has been living on the streets for quite a while. It’s a rough little rooster, and terrorizes the ducks and crows in the garden. It even tried attacking me a couple of times. I got a little bit of video of it charging at and kicking my camera. Monster Chicken! Hah!
Here’s the video: http://youtu.be/7_-Yb7qJa28
It was overcast for most of the morning, about 43° when I went to the zoo, and about 55° by noon when I headed back home. Some people at the zoo complained about how “cold” it was outside, but I was comfortable in my shirt sleeves. I’m a cool-weather kind of gal.
I walked around the zoo for three hours, and stopped around 11 o’clock to have lunch at the café there: a Polish dog with grilled onions and peppers on top of it, fries, and a glass of ale. Nice. I got to see most of the animals I wanted to. I didn’t see the Fennec Foxes or the Snow Leopard (which was off exhibit), but I did get to see the Aardvark (which I hadn’t seen before). He was sleeping in his burrow, but he was by the glass. The jaguar was out, too, and I hardly ever get to see him, so that was nice. Oh, and I saw the roadrunners for the first time. They had a very odd call; I didn’t know they made noises like that. The female roadrunner had taken over a food bowl and was filling it with nesting materials.
Here is a video of the lions: https://youtu.be/YXAJ0rJqwNQ
I spent waaaaay too much time hanging around the lion’s den. All five lions were out and were posing for everyone – including the three cubs. So cute… One of the wild Mallard ducks hanging around the zoo also had a baby. Only one. That’s odd for ducks. But considering the number of predators around – and the rats that live around the pond there – I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Also, at the bird pond, the American White Pelicans were standing right next to the low wood-rail fence, preening themselves in the morning sun. They couldn’t have looked more handsome if they tried. Both of them had their “breeding horns” showing on their upper bills.
It was a great visit. Altogether, throughout the whole zoo, I took over 1500 photos!