I didn’t expect the kangaroos to be THAT friendly, of course (YET), but I put a bag of popcorn in my purse just in case. Wallabies hopped close to the path. Kangaroos lounged in the dirt. I forgot to look for the emus. The enclosure is now open (on weekends at least), rocketing the Australia exhibit into the lead of favorite sections of the zoo. Wait, after the TRAIN, our non-negotiable all time favorite.
Evening at the zoo was fun. Usually it closes at 5pm, and the animals are fed. So that evening, the whole zoo reverberated with the lowing of the watusi cattle calling for their dinner. That alone changed the atmosphere quite a bit.
We love the zoo so much that we went back again the very next morning with NewPenn Compound. We fed the kids dippin dots for lunch. A zookeeper confirmed that the Virginia Zoo elephants have to be relocated because of some new law saying elephants need to be in larger herds. She tried to spin it as a positive thing, saying they’re trading for a white rhino. SNORE. Huge loss. …literally. (But not for at least a year, she said).
Our third zoo visit in four days was with HANNAH! We were such buddies in college. It was over $1 margaritas one Monday that Hannah and I came up with a short list of suggestions for Chris to dress better. They I called him and asked him to join us. He loved the list.