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Drizzly Day at Zoo Atlanta   1 comment

While in Atlanta, we went to Zoo Atlanta. Unfortunately, it was a fairly cool, drizzly day. Many animals were off exhibit, either due to the season or the weather.

The flamingos were huddled together.
Wet Flamingo

An elephant was working with his keeper…
Elephant and Keeper

…and sneaking a snack.
Elephant Snack

I’ve become a fan of rhinoceroses. This one is a black rhino.
Black Rhinoceros

What do cats do on drizzly, chilly day, but nap?
Sleepy Lions

The firefox, otherwise known as a red panda, took their lead.

Zoo Atlanta’s marque animal was their pandas.
Nomming Bamboo

Can’t you see I’m nomming some bamboo?
Do You Mind?!?!?

A baby was sleeping in a hamock–I had to do some weird stretches to take a photo.
Sleepy Panda Baby

The tiger enclosure was initially empty. We stood and examined it. Was he hiding behind a tree? I let out a half-hearted “here kitty-kitty-kitty.” More to amuse myself more than anything. We heard a roar. I tried again, “here kitty-kitty-kitty.” And he walked out.
He Came to See Me!!!

Quite the handsome tiger.
Showing Off his Stripes

After a brief visit, he went back into his off-exhibit area.
Thanks for Seeing Us, Mr. Tiger!

The kangaroos jumped!

Security at World of Coca-Cola   Leave a comment

Across the park from the Georgia Aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola. This museum has a variety of artifacts from the Atlanta-based company, as well as a tasting room, where you can taste all the products from around the globe.

In order to get in, you have to go through a metal detector and a bag search. If you want to double back to the gift shop, you have to go through it, too.
Security at World of Coca Cola Store

There are folks who wonder why I get so upset about the security implemented by TSA. In part, I question its efficacy, and the overall security theater it represents. Further, the normalization of these infringements on our rights means you start to see this in other places.

Word of Coca-Cola is a private business, and they can set whatever requirements they wish for entry. However, is this really necessary?

Posted 2011-04-09 by Mr. Guilt in rant, Spring Break 2011

Big Fish at the Georgia Aquarium   1 comment

While on our trip to Atlanta, we went to the Georgia Aquarium. I had heard this was an impressive facility. One picture, I think, captures this.
Big Aquarium

This the window of the large tank, which seemed larger than an IMAX screen. This held the only examples of whale sharks outside of Asia.
Whale Shark 1

Whale sharks are the largest species of fish in existence today. They can be up to 65 feet long.
Whale Shark 2

The Georgia Aquarium has four whale sharks.
Whale Sharks 3

Whale Shark 4

Really, these were simply amazing creatures to watch.

They also beluga whales.
Beluga Whale

They had the largest collection of lion fish I’d ever seen.
Lion Fish

Lion fish are not native to the waters around North America, but some got out of an aquarium in 1992 during Hurricane Andrew. There is now an invasive school of these venomous fish.

They also had a sea turtle bobbing by.
Giant Sea Turtle

Fishing cats weren’t welcome–they tend to confuse “aquariums” with “restaurants.” I had to settle for a catfish.

All in all, I’d say the Georgia Aquarium should be on a “must see” list for fans of aquariums.
Colorful Fish

Seeing Snow Leopards at the Chattanooga Zoo   7 comments

I had put up a preview post about our day at the Chattanooga Zoo. It’s probably the smallest AZA accredited zoo I’ve been to, but they do seem to be growing. It was certainly a nice place to stop on our way home from Atlanta.

We were greeted by one of the most active servals we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was quite cute.
Happy Serval

They several peacoks.

This one seemed to be a pal of a Scottish cattle.
Scottish Cattle Playing Soccar

My daughter made fast friends with a crane. They played a game of peek-a-boo.

They had a cougar out. It’s hard to imagine our cougars growing up to be that big.
Big Cougar

Big Cougar Tongue

At least he laughed at my jokes.
Cougar Laughs at my Joke

A sleepy jaguar represented the zoo’s sole big cat.
Dozing Jaguar

However, what took us off our path was a baby snow leopard.
Snug Behind Mom

Snow leopard cubs are perhaps my favorite baby animal*. They are like stuffed animals come to life.
Hanging Out Behind Mom

Of course, mostly this little girl was interested in napping.
Sleeping Behind Mom

Except for one time mom climbed up a rock.
Where'd Mom Go?
Mom…you up there?

What's Over There?
What’s over there?

Peeking Over Mom's Back
Mom–I think we’re being watched.

I think her mom had a common parental dilemma: the need (or desire) to go do something else, but not wanting to disturb the sleeping baby.
Portrait of Mom

I know where you are coming from, Momma Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopards are endangered in the wild, with only an estimated 3,500-7,000 snow leopards in the wild. The Snow Leopard Trust is trying to reverse this through education and research.

*save, of course, for when Eddy was a kitten.

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