We spent most of the morning on Monday at the Phoenix Zoo. We hadn't been since last year, so when my mom and dad proposed a zoo outing to us, we jumped on it. It's been pretty warm around the valley lately (ok, it's been hot! But I know it's going to get much hotter, so we'll just call it "warm" for now. cool?), but it was pretty perfect on our zoo day. Not too hot at all. In fact, when the weather app said the high for the day would be 77, I actually contemplated bringing our jackets with us. Ha! Definitely didn't need those!
When we first got to the zoo, Fox was looking at the map and saw a little mountain goat in the corner. He immediately announced that the goat was what he wanted to see. That was his only goal on the map. Good thing the petting zoo had plenty of goats, because we never actually made it to the mountain goat area of the zoo (maybe on purpose).
Fox and Sloane totally surprised me at the petting zoo area. I had thought we would have to drag them out of there, but they were so timid around the animals (mostly just goats). I think Fox touched one for like 2 seconds. Sloane loved brushing them ...but I use the term "brushing" lightly here. She would just lightly tap their fur with the brush, then run away laughing. Either way, it was fun seeing them interact with the animals so gently:)
The zoo recently opened a new tiger exhibit. We were pretty excited, but those tigers are serious camouflage pros, because we didn't see any! At first we didn't see the bears either, but we later found their secret napping spot and got to take a little peek at them. The zebras and giraffes were right next to the fence, so that was pretty fun! And there were seriously monkey exhibits like every 50 feet. The Phoenix Zoo sure doesn't want you to feel like you're missing out on seeing animals:)
One of my favorite things on this trip was my dad telling stories about being a kid growing up in Phoenix and going to the zoo all the time. And how cheap it was. And how everything was way more spread out. And how he would fish with his friend under the bridge where the entrance is. A lot may have been exaggerated:)
Also, when Fox yelled at a petting zoo cow, "Hey cow, go milk yourself!"