Since we were driving through Ohio and Cincinnati, I thought what better way to spend an afternoon then to visit one of America’s most famous and historic zoos. According to Wikipedia,

“The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the United States and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It opened in 1875, just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo on July 1, 1874. The Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the United States, dating from 1875.”

The Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo Rock

Baby Girrafe

Baby Girrafe

The unique thing that we enjoyed about this zoo is that there were a lot of hands-on experiences. We’d round the corner and meet volunteers to share info about the animals, pet a weird little spikey mammal from the rain forest, see a monitor walking around on a leash, etc. I liked that interaction. Also, the lions were stunning and were right up next to us. It has to be the coolest lion exhibit I’ve ever seen with the most face-time with the animals.

Thoughtful Lioness

Thoughtful Lioness

Other exhibits were also designed beautifully, and we enjoyed being face to face with birds in one of the avian rooms. This little guy came right up to me, my posslq thought I was going to have my eyes pecked out so I didn’t cuddle him like I wanted to :-/

Curious Sunbittern

Curious Sunbittern

The night creatures exhibit was fun, and seeing this sand cat napping was a real treat. We also got to see a horde of vampire bats feeding from dishes full of blood. It was pretty exciting!

Sandcat Cutie

Sandcat Cutie

Unfortunately it started pouring about halfway through our visit, so we huddled in a cave over by the polar bears waiting for it to pass. Since I had the big camera & laptop with me and left the waterproof bag cover in the car, I had to be a little careful. Most pics are on the other camera so I’ll post more in the highlights posts when we get back from the trip.

Awesome Penguins

Awesome Penguins