On this particular trip we didn’t do much. It was hot, humid, windy and there were loads and loads of people there. And to make matters worse the one food court we hit had no snow cones. I love snow cones and by then it was either get something cold or get the hell out. We choose the latter and not the former. Besides we have an annual zoo pass – we will go back!
When you first enter the Desert dome you come across a giant pile of sand. It’s from Namibia. That’s it. But pretty cool to have all that here in the middle of the US not to mention how very *orange* it is. Nothing like what we have around here.
I’m constantly amazed at this dome! It’s the world’s largest indoor desert in the world’s largest glazed geodesic dome in the world and not a lick of humidity! No really. It’s mostly cool and dry compared to our regular outside temps around here. It’s an extremely pleasant place to be in the middle of summer. Weird I know.
Cacti and the like.
Underneath this dome is the world’s largest nocturnal animal exhibit called “Kingdoms of the Night”. Probably my favorite animal exhibit in the entire zoo but we didn’t visit it this trip. Next time.
A 3 legged Ocelot. I could not get a good picture of him.
Meerkats. While we were there there was one laying on his back with his tummy under a heat lamp, just relaxing. Too cute!
Piccary or Javelina
Roadrunner. These suckers are fast!! I took about a dozen photos or so and this is the only one that turned out.
From there it was on to the Butterfly Pavilion/Spider & Insect Pavilion.
A fantastic sculpture just inside the entrance.
They have a double entrance so that no butterflies escape from here and basically you just walk in and around on a path checking out what butterflies you can.
There were lots hanging out near the windows for some reason.
Liking the fruit!
Beautiful yeah? Once you leave the butterfly area you enter the spider and insect pavilion. Lots and lots of spiders. I hate spiders so no pictures of that. Brad, however, is in love with them and loves this exhibit.
After leaving there it was time to cool off with about a thousand of our closest friends in the Aquarium. I didn’t take any pictures inside, just this one of the cement impressions outside (and there are hundreds of these around the entrance). I have taken lots and lots of photos of the Aquarium in the past (my second favorite exhibit) and there was just too many darn people!
From there it was time to go home into the air conditioning. I know we will go back a few more times this year so don’t be surprised when those photos show up!