During our Christmas break trip back to Nebraska, we enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather at the Henry Doorley Zoo (Maybe, deep down--subconsciously even--that's why we named our son Henry...). If there's one thing I love, it's animals and if I get the chance to be up close with some that I don't see every day, I'm going to make everyone else
suffer enjoy it with me.
By far one of my favorite exhibits is the Lied jungle--a huge, indoor rainforest that hosts dozens of creatures from around the world. We all took off our coats (thank goodness I was pushing a stroller so I could push around the coats instead of, I don't know, children) the second we walked into the steamy, humid building and walked out onto the upper platform where we could overlook the lower levels and be at tree level with some of the animals.
Evelyn immediately said, "Nope," and walked back to the entrance and refused to go any further. Why? She hates being up high with only glass between her and falling. She inherited that fear of heights from me. You're welcome, Evelyn!
By the time we were done, we were all tired and had seen so many animals we were about to be crosseyed. I figure if not the farm, a zoo will do when it comes to satiating my neverending curiosity when it comes to animals.
It was a fun day, spent with cousins and surrounded by all kinds of beautiful critters. Looking forward to a return trip someday and if you're ever in Omaha, make sure you visit!
|"Hi, Jack and Evelyn!"|
...vines to climb and duck under...
...creaky, swinging bridges to traverse...
...tree roots to circle...
...animals to closely observe...
|I dare you to touch that iguana, Henry!|
...sometimes, really closely.
I think we should build our own jungle here. I mean, Jack would love the plants and I'd enjoy the animals. It'd be a win-win!
|It'd be so neat to have peacocks!|
|Henry would climb on the back of a polar bear if he had the chance.|
|I want a statue like that in my yard!|