We headed to Southwick's Zoo today. We walked all around the zoo checking out the baby animals, taking a train ride through the elk forest, and seeing what was new for this year. We've been coming to Southwick's Zoo for 8 years and it's amazing to watch how much it grows and transforms from year to year. New rides, attractions, exhibits and animals. They're constantly working to make it a better zoo and it shows. We had a great day and learned even more about the animals. Alec talked to several zoo keepers set up around the zoo and got to see a gorilla hand, foot and skull up close. We got to examine a giraffe's skull and compare one of their vertebrae with ours. It was great. It was also pretty hot in the sun and it was crowded so by 1 o'clock my boys were ready to call it quits.
|learning about the giraffe|
|Alec loves the birds|
|The new baby lions are already very big|
|We love seeing the peacock in "full bloom"|
|The hedgehog is awake!|
|A new baby monkey|
|The little baby lemur is getting a ride|
|Baby Jacob's sheep|
|Learning about the importance of an opposable thumb|
|Checking out the reptiles|
Once home they played in the yard on the slides, swings, with the fishing net and the lake. We laid on the dock and closed our eyes to discover what we could hear. They were muddy, sandy, dirty, and sweaty. They ate snack after snack (after not eating at all while we were at the zoo!) and commented to me that this was a perfect day. I had to agree. It was pretty darn perfect. Beautiful sunshine, a nice breeze, and fun with my boys. What more could a mother ask for?