Last weekend, I went to the Oakland Zoo for my sister’s birthday, along with my niece, my brother-in-law, and my mother. I am certain that this was the best idea for a birthday outing ever suggested, but my sister tends to be brilliant like that. It was my young niece’s very first zoo trip, and we all had a blast.
I would say something heartwarming about how visiting the zoo with a child allows me to recapture the excitement of the zoo trips of my youth… but really, I’d be fooling no one. I love visiting a well-maintained zoo, and while I begin the day with a facade of mature dignity, I’m soon bouncing around and exulting in everything from the bats and the tigers to the exciting exotic flora. Still, it was a fresh delight to explore the area with family and niece in tow, pointing the child towards all the animals and laughing as she greeted every single one with an amiable wave.
It was an ideal day for the zoo: wintry, but only mildly chill, and with the sun looming bright behind the white clouds. Although we arrived late in the afternoon, we had plenty of time to stroll leisurely around and see everything we’d hoped to. Such is the benefit of smaller zoos.
Did you know that, besides humans, there’s only one species of primate that can have blue eyes? Well, now you do. The species in question is one of my favorite types of lemur, the Sclater’s lemur (or the blue-eyed black lemur). This also happened to be one of the two species of lemurs they had at the zoo, to my excitement.
Here are a few more photos, for your viewing pleasure: