Monday, April 23, 2007

Wildlife Adventures Await at the Bronx Zoo...

This weekend ushered in the first real spring-like weather we have seen all month. There was no question about it, we were getting outside. All of us. We decided to hit the Bronx Zoo. It's a short car ride away, and offers plenty for everyone. Little Monkey should know - he was there once before.

Being the good sport that he is, Uncle Osman, in town for business, came along too.

Here he demonstrates a novel way to hold a nine month old, the "grip-on-the-thigh-rolls" technique.

Back in the safety of her double-decker stroller, Miss Mina breathes a sigh of relief.

The Bronx Zoo is enormous. Even if you get there early, like we did, seeing everything is impossible. You need a game plan. Ours was pretty simple: Get there the minute it opens, cram in as much as possible till nap time, drive the monkeys home(DO NOT LET THEM FALL ASLEEP IN THE CAR!!!) and throw them in their respective cribs to sleep away the rest of the afternoon.

Once there, I remembered one of the perks of this job. Having kids gives you an excuse to do fun, kid things. Sure, the monkeys enjoyed the trip to the zoo. But did they get as much of a kick out of it as I did? Did they delight in seeing the animated tiny features of the marmosets? Were they as awed by the close proximity of the tigers stolling by? It's hard to say who had more fun. I'm looking forward to going again. The Wildlife Conservation Society has some sweet membership deals that pay for themselves in no time.

Monkeys and tigers live in peace thanks to double-thick panes of zoo glass.

And spring blossoms on trees while giraffes graze on the lawns.
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