Travel: Brevard Zoo

11 Oct

Well, it’s October and I’m finally getting around to writing posts with pictures I took in August. Would you say I’m a little bit behind? Yes, I would say so.

Anyway…back in August I took the girls to Florida to spend a week with my parents at their house. When we go there, we like to spend lots of time just swimming in the pool and chilling with Mimi and Papa but I always make sure I squeeze in at least one visit to the Brevard Zoo. Confession: I’m a little zoo obsessed and I can tell you that the Brevard Zoo is one of the best I’ve ever been to.  It’s not huge but there are tons of animals and lots of interactive opportunities.  In our week long trip, we ended up going there four times – twice for the animals and twice for the Treetop Trek obstacle course. (I’ll share some pics of that soon too.) 

But for today, here are just some purty pics of some of the animals at Brevard Zoo.

I took about 50 shots of this beauty. It was like he was posing for me!

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One of my favorite things there is the giraffe exhibit. You stand on a pavilion high off the ground and feed crackers to these beautiful, kind, and gentle creatures. It’s totally surreal.  Of course, the day we fed them my camera battery was dead (CURSES!) but I snapped this quick pic of one when I went back. See one of our more successful giraffe feeding visits in this post.

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The flamingos are by far the smelliest exhibit but they sure are beautiful. Not sure why we refer to them as pink flamingos because they really are more of a salmon or coral color.

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There was some thunder rumbling in the distance so lots of the animals were grouped together like these guys. Even though it’s a picture of a flamingo butt, I think this could be really cool in a large scale print.

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These are actually white rhinos but their daily mud baths keep them pretty dirty.

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This bald eagle was amazingly large and regal looking.

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I hung out with this river otter for about 20 minutes. I had such a blast just watching him swim in and out of his little pool. (I like to think he was watching me too.)

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He was so cute I wanted to take him home!

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Sometimes nature makes the best colors. Case in point–this hyacinth macaw. He reminded me of the bird from the animated movie Rio.

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You’d think an anteater is really ugly (and his snout is certainly not very pretty) but I was surprised by how beautiful his fur was.

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Speaking of ugly, I give you…the vulture.

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I fed some seeds to a bunch of pretty cocktiels. I love their blush!

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The alligator feeding is always a highlight.

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And even bigger than the alligators are the crocodiles. This girl’s name is Lily!

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Feeding the lorikeets was another highlight. You buy little cups of pureed fruit and they come and land on your arms and peck out of the cup. I had little claw marks all over my forearms but it was totally worth it.

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This thing was totally creepy but I loved that it had feathers in such a gorgeous rainbow pattern.

zoo-837But the absolute best part of the zoo was the exhibit with these monkeys…

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More of their treetop adventure in a post very soon.

XO

Sue at Home

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One Response to “Travel: Brevard Zoo”

  1. Jenn Owen October 12, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Great photos! That new lens helps produce great images. Wishing I was back at the zoo now.

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