Livin' on the Wild Side at the Denver Zoo
Wow, aren’t we lucky with what is around us to do for fun experiences for the whole family! Follow me this week as we explore different parts of Northern Colorado from Denver north to Wellington finding fun things to do. You don’t have to leave the state to have fun! My hubby had some time off from work, so we decided to check out some new stuff locally since we weren’t able to get away. So far our experiences have been so fun, hope you follow our adventures around Northern Colorado.
We started off our fun at the Denver Zoo, they have some really exciting things right now there; a baby giraffe that was born last month, a new tiger exhibit, and a year old baby gorilla. And of course all the baby geese waddling around right now that were just born and the beautiful peacocks that roam the zoo on their own. Then there are the usually great exhibits that the zoo offers, lots of great animal shows, the train ride and carousel ride for the kids.
Our experience at the zoo was amazing, it was a perfect day the temperature was just right, all the animals were out and active so we were able to see most all the ones we wanted to see. It was also great for us because sometime if you go and it is too hot, then all you want to do is hurry so you don’t melt in the heat. We started off looking at the baby giraffe, Dobby. My husband held our daughter on the railing so she would be about the same height as the baby giraffe. Our daughter loved him and was so impressed how tall he was already. It is crazy to know that baby giraffes grow 12 inches in the first month of life, after they are born at about 6ft tall! Talk about growing pains, right?!
Then we ventured down to the primate exhibits where all the primates were really active and moving around. Last year we went right after the baby gorilla, Whimsie, was born and the mother was really protective of her. So this year was so fun to see her up and moving around on her own and exploring like a human baby would. She would roll the ball around, climb on the ropes and polls, and interact with her mom and dad and another gorilla in the exhibit. Our girl was so fascinated by her movements as they were the same as human kids. We probably spent about 20 minutes watching Whimsie and the other gorillas.
Next was the lorikeet exhibit, which was SO cool. It was an enclosure where the lorikeets were able to fly and interact with you. You are able to buy food for them to feed them, which what kid wouldn’t want to do that? The food was a liquid mixture, not sure what was in it but the birds loved it. As soon as they would see someone with a cup of food they would make their way over. Our girl loved going around and feeding the different lorikeets and watching them take baths. These birds are SO beautiful and being able to see their feather colors up close and personal was amazing.