Important photos of a wading anteater

In mid-November, I went to the San Francisco Zoo. While there, I gazed joyously at their impressive variety of lemur species, ooh-ed at the many exotic flowers planted beside the pathways, and, as always, took far too many photos.

Then, I got caught up in the hubbub of the holiday season and entirely forgot to share these enlightening photos. However, my blog just feels incomplete and pointless without wading anteaters on it, so I am finally remedying this tragic lack. Aren’t you relieved?

Tentative anteater.
Tentative anteater.
Majesty!
Majesty!

While I’m at it, here are two lemurs & an amiable capybara (click to see larger):

(You can also see a few more SF Zoo photos on my Flickr.)

Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo

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. Read More