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You’re never too old to visit the zoo. I proved that last weekend by getting the chance to be a little kid again when I visited the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee. I went to participate in the Honors Program annual retreat, and one of the stops on our trip was the zoo. I can’t tell you how much fun we had! I’m so glad I went.
The zoo isn’t just a place for little kids; there are things for kids of ALL ages to learn by a visit there. The zoo has plenty of exhibits that span many different countries, continents, and species. They have tons of animals to see; big cats, turtles, birds, otters, primates, bees, nocturnal animals, insects, and more! They have giraffes, elephants, and all the classics you might expect to see, as well as really strange creatures that don’t resemble anything we have roaming in the U.S. wilderness.
My favorite part of my zoo trip was a scene with a particularly pesky pelican (pardon the alliteration). In the pelican exhibit, one guy was determined to stay free! It had come time for his caretaker to put him up and possibly bathe or feed him, but he wasn’t having one bit of it. The big bird kept evading the caretaker and scurrying around her, fighting for freedom. He would scuttle up on the big concrete “stage” that rises up out of the pool and slide back down the ramp on either side. The caretaker had a small net she used to herd him, and once, he even went into the gate. But as soon as the zookeeper turned around, he flew right back out again!
At one point, he vomited an entire fish on her, complete with scales and all. Like other birds, pelicans vomit as a defensive mechanism.
Eventually, the zookeeper wrestled the bird under her arm and tucked him safely in her armpit. His little legs were waving in the air; he wasn’t giving up! Seeing a pelican outsmart a caretaker for nearly 20 minutes was certainly a glorious visual and I loved every minute of it.
While that part was my favorite, I enjoyed the entire trip. I got to feed giraffes, see adorable little otters do flips and tricks in the water, watch pelicans waddle around, and see gigantic cave roaches! It was a great time.
If you’re planning a visit to the zoo, visit its website for more information. You can read keepers’ blog posts, learn about new additions and exhibits, purchase special event tickets, and more. The zoo also has an app you can download that has all sorts of cool info on it!
Editor’s note: CAVE ROACHES?