Visiting a zoo in winter is always a fun experience. The past couple of years I was in Illinois in the winter and I visited both the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo. Most people don't think of visiting zoos in winter but it can really be a nice experience if you pick a warm winter day. Some benefits of visiting the zoo in winter is that it is less crowded, admission prices are cheaper or even free, and the animals seem to be more active.
Like the Como Park Conservatory, the Como Park Zoo is free but they do ask for a donation of $3.00 per adult. Most of the animals are still available to view, and usually you can see them a lot closer than you can in summer because they are in tighter quarters.
Here are some of the highlights of our visit to the Como Park Zoo: first up, these arctic foxes. Oh my, aren't they beautiful? I just wanted to take one home with me so bad. They had an arctic fox pelt in the educational area that you could touch. You would not believe how soft his coat is!
These little guys are so sweet! And they really seemed to enjoy the snow and cold. Their white coats blend in with the snow so well don't they?
My husband and I probably had the most fun in the primate house. Oh, these guys had us laughing in stitches!
The apes and monkeys were wide awake and very playful when we were there. We watched them swinging from tree limb to tree limb.
But this orangutan had us laughing the hardest. He picked up this piece of cloth and was doing the funniest things with it: putting it over his head like a scarf and/or wrapping it around himself like a cape. He was quite the fashionista!
Winter is the best time to see polar bears as they are more active. In the summer, they like to take it easy and sleep in the shade, but in the winter they are definitely out and about. Just look at the size of this guys paws!
Even though we just saw tons of buffalo in the wild when we were in South Dakota, I never got this close to one before.
We saw lots of mountain goats when we were in Zion National Park, but these look like they are more suitable for colder mountain temperatures.
The giraffes had one of the best displays in the zoo because we could get so close to them. I love giraffes. I find them such fascinating animals.
While we were at the zoo we saw they were building a new seal exhibit that will be open in the summer of 2020. How exciting! I hope it's open when I take the grandkids back!
Penguins are always so fun to watch. How is it that God made a bird that can swim?
This zebra looks sad, but he actually was sound asleep. It always amazes me how horses sleep standing up.
And finally, the kings of the jungle: the lion family!
I love the sweet expression on this cougars face, although I always pray I don't see one when I'm hiking!
A snow leopard. I just love his big, thick tail!
And a sleeping tiger. Isn't he beautiful?
I hope this post encourages you to visit your local zoo this winter!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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