my life in pictures and words

columbus zoo & aquarium last time

*around the fourth of july, my friend-k and i went to the columbus zoo & aquarium. you can read about the beginning of our adventures here and the middle part here.

and the adventure contines!!

here we have a white-naped crane.  these cranes are an endangered species because the wetlands (where they build their nests) are being drained and converted to croplands.  {believe it or not!!! – the de-militarized zone between north and south korea is a winter sanctuary for these cranes.}*

these are called the reeves muntjac.  aka “barking deer”.  they are called the barking deer because they emit a deep, bark-like sound when alarmed which could continue for an hour.  their habitat is threatened with deforestation for logging and agriculture uses but they are still considered common.

after looking at the barking deer and cranes, we stumbled into tiger territory.

it was pretty neat to see this exhibit as they had statues of nine different tigers showing their livelihood.  it’s so sad to see that three kinds of tigers are already extinct, three are endangered (i missed one), and three are doing okay.

this is the large flying fox.  or pteropus vampyrus.  it is one of the largest bats in the world and has a wingspan of over 6 feet.  they live in groups of over 100 individuals.  while we were viewing them, one opened its wings – so big!!! – and one peed.  it was pretty neat seeing the wide wing span and pretty gross seeing the pee.

as we moved on we saw this silvered langur just chillin’, watchin’ all the people walk by.  he looked so comfortable.

these are asian elephants.  they are an endangered species.  the columbus zoo is hoping that the one male elephant, hank (right), will mate with either one of the female elephants, connie (top left), or phoebe (bottom left).

this is the red panda. or the back of a red panda. they are so cute!

here are some pheasants. they are so. freaking. pretty.

the markhors were hiding from us.  but if i were them i would too.  it was too hot!!!

an amur tiger who is, of course, endangered.  =(

just a few random pictures of baby-j.  he’s just too darn cute!!

i didn’t think about taking a picture until we were ready to leave…so this is the best we got.  can you believe we walked the entire place?  cah-razy!

before driving home we stopped at panera to get some dinner.  plus little baby-j was so hungry he was crying and crying.  but you can’t really tell in these pictures that he was crying and crying just 5 minutes prior.  what a cutie!

thanks for reading about our adventures to the columbus zoo and aquarium.  we had a fun time even though it was quite warm and sunny.  and we were sweating like boys.  blech!!

edited with instagram, photogrid, and pixlr express.


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