Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Zoological Anomaly?

Today, myself, The Tramp and ESD paid a visit to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. It was supposed to storm but instead the sun came out and it was rather hot and steamy. Not too hot, but by the end of the day we were all a bit uncomfortable. Tired really. Put-up-our-feet-and-collapse tired!

It's a pretty nice zoo and I'd recommend a visit. I've read articles recently on how the exhibits are old and tired and the zoo needs a whole bunch of money to bring it up to speed, but the "decay" is well hidden and we thought the place was quite nice. The animals look comfortable and well cared for and some are heart warming rescues with sad stories of their previous lives. The grounds are attractive with lush vegetation (lots of it in bloom) along the well maintained pathways and in the enclosures, small ponds and running water everywhere and wonderful bronze sculptures of the animals near each exhibit. There were even bronze snakes here and there unexpectedly hanging on railings.

The website says,

"Located about 75 miles west of Raleigh in Asheboro, N.C., the Zoo is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s finest zoos. It was the first American zoo designed from its inception around the "natural habitat" philosophy--presenting animals and plants in exhibits that closely resemble the habitats in which they would be found in the wild.

Among the most popular exhibits are those that display polar bears, sea lions, river otters, alligators, elephants, gorillas, baboons, rhinoceros, giraffes, and zebras. The 37-acre African Plains exhibit alone is as large a many entire zoos.

The 11-acre Prairie exhibit in the North American region showcases the zoo’s collection of bison and elk. The Sonora Desert, an indoor recreation of the famous desert of the American Southwest, is alive with roadrunners, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, tarantulas and many more fascinating denizens of that hot, dry climate.This was the nation’s first state-supported zoo and remains one of only two state zoos, the other located in Minnesota.

The N.C. Zoo is...the nation’s largest walk-through natural-habitat zoo. Its African and North American exhibit regions span more than 500 acres with more than five miles of walkways. Another 900 acres are available for future development..."

Our aching feet tell us this is true!

In all I took 181 photos! I promise not to show them all here. :-) Digital cameras are a wonderful thing. You can just snap away without a worry and deal with the mess when you get home. I browsed my photos this evening I discovered a recurring theme. It struck me pretty funny so I thought I'd share it with you.

I apparently have a disturbing number of "buttocks" shots! LOL What's the deal with that???? True, I was hot and sticky and looked downright dorky and touristy in my NY Yankees cap snapping pictures but sheesh...what's with all the backsides turned my way???

I present to you.....

My "Backwards" Trip To The Zoo

My very first photo was of Ostrich heinie. Little did I know what was to come.

Giraffe posterior came next

Then we got Elephant tail

Followed by Gorilla tush

Elk ass

Polar Bear butt

Baboon buns

Flamingo fannies

Black Bear fundament
(the Grizzly Bear presented the same view but somehow I missed getting a pic)

Chimpanzee cheeks

Ocelot arse that my rear view???
(Climbing on the rear end of the rhino sculpture no less.
Dang! That's the last time I hand over the camera to anyone. LOL)

Lion rump

Lizard stern

Even Bee bums...sigh. Clearly I was on a roll!!!

Sheesh...even the Tortoise turned against me

And my favorite caboose of all! The Tramp's. :-D
It's why I married him. SHHHHHHHH! Don't tell!

Hope everyone else is having a great 4th of July weekend too!


Amanda said...

Great photos - they remind me of all the pictures I took at Monkey World last year. I think it's something to do with the delay when you click the button on digital cameras, the little ..... (dears!) hear the click and turn away just before the shutter actually opens.

Candace said...

The backside did seem the theme of the day, all ok, except the baboon. I can barely look. It is funny though.

Debbie said...

I loved your backwards tour of the zoo...made my day! Having worked in a zoo once upon a time, I know this is a conspiracy on the part of the animals but you have captured it well!

Betty J in OKC said...

Now you just need to submit your photos to They *love* haveing 'tocks pics. ;)

Roslyn said...

Those are funny Katie, & I noticed there is also a Baby Butt shot in the video!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

*wiping away the tears*
Gosh---this post cracked me up! Great humor! Thanks for sharing the tour!

Thimbleanna said...

You are so darn funny! And a great butt photographer to boot LOL!

Kathy Wagner said...

That is FUNNY!
You came up with so many words for the same view...still giggling here!

meggie said...

I rather enjoyed your rear end views of the Zoo. LOL.

Em said...

Katie - this is a hilarious post! I LOVE the NC Zoo... with a capital "L"... your shots are so funny! I usually end up with at least 150 shots each time I go, which is silly because we go pretty often! I'm glad the weather turned out nicely for you! I loved all of your alliteration with the names of the animal's rear ends.