Zoo Day #2!

Day Thirteen of my Vacation.  I got up around 7:30 this morning and had a leisurely breakfast before heading out to Folsom for Zoo Day #2.  I’m a “friend of the zoo” so I got free passes to this one, too.  The low today was 43° and the high was 72°, so it made for a nice day.

I got to the Folsom Zoo just as they opened, and walked around the grounds for about 2 hours.  It’s a tiny zoo, but they have some animals the other local zoos don’t, like black bears, cougars, wolves, foxes and raccoons…  The peacocks were dominating the place today, calling and showing off to the gals… There was one that fanned his tail right in the middle of the pathway, and blocked the whole thing so the humans couldn’t get past him until he was done.  I got to see a lot of the domestic animals today that I hadn’t before, like their pigs, goats, and donkeys… and their zebu.

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This is a zoo in which the animals are “rescues” of one kind or another.  Some were illegal pets that grew too big, some were raised for television shows but rejected for one reason or another, and some were injured or orphans found in the wild that “imprinted” on humans and cannot be returned to the wild…  The zoo also houses some dogs and feral cats.  The space is small, but rather lovely – especially this time of year when all the surrounding trees are green and all the flowers along the maze of paths are in bloom.  There is also a space where you can host family get-togethers or parties after hours…

Around noon I went to the little café just outside the zoo fence, “Fisher’s Beastro”, named after a black bear that was once in residence at the zoo.  I had a burger, chips, and soda… and the burger came with raw spinach instead of lettuce; that was nice!  I then did a quick walk around the park next door to the zoo before heading home.  The park is quite lovely with lots of covered picnic tables and shady area, and nice-looking things for kids to play on.