While Enzo stared at giraffes, lions and prairie dogs for the first time, his parents were a bit jaded.
|Enzo checks out an indoor display at the zoo.|
|The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo allows visitors to feed the giraffe.|
|I did this in Nairobi.|
|A couple of zebra at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.|
|Zebra and wildebeest share a water hole in Tanzania.|
The elephants ate lunch at the zoo.
|At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.|
|Elephants roaming in Kenya.|
I knew when I stared at a mother Leopard and her cubs in Kenya it would be difficult to visit a zoo again. A zoo seems a bit unnatural — so says the lady who invaded a natural habitat in a Land Rover and a zoom lens.
While we stood pondering the elephants in their enclosure, I realized I don't want my safari adventure to hinder my zoo experience with our son. I mean the elephants don't have to worry about predators at the zoo. That's a good thing.
I guess the key is not to compare the zoo with our safari experience. It's not the same. Enzo doesn't know the difference. I didn't until I traveled to Africa. Zoos are a wonderful learning opportunity and less expensive than the "once in a lifetime" trip I took.
Once Enzo gets more interested in the animals, I'm sure the zoo will take on a whole new meaning for our family. I don't want to forget the thrill of seeing the animals in the wild, but I look forward to seeing the world anew through our son's eyes.
|A monkey smiles at zoo guests.|