Cincinnati Zoo in the Morning


^^Ben decided to match the elephants for the day 🙂

^When I think of giraffes, I don’t usually think graceful…but my, are they beautiful. It makes me want long legs 😛

^shoes: Nine West // pants: Vince // chambray: lands end // camera bag; Jill-E Designs (win one here)

^my excited face // bens “i’m tolerating my wife’s excessive need for pictures” face

^and then there was a peacock just roaming

^Even if its before lunch, when the zoo sells UDF soft serve, you indulge


^^and this is when we regret taking a break from rock climbing




^me vs. a gorilla

^if monkeys did yoga…

^^I wanted to bring this guy home with me – I’m going to be a sucker with kids. #illworkonthat

Ben’s parents got into town Friday night and we’ve been having lots of fun hosting them here in Cincinnati. Its the very first time they’ve ever come to stay with us (living in Utah the past two years meant that whenever they came to visit they could stay with other family). On Saturday we spent the morning at the Cincinnati Zoo and it was a first for all of us. My father-in-law, an apparent expert on zoos, reports that ours is nicer than most, and I love that its nestled right into the city.  I also loved that they serve all of Cincy’s favorite chains instead of low quality attraction food. The pizza was La Rosa’s, the ice cream was UDF, and they even had Skyline Chili (which we passed on).

I couldn’t help but think back to that Dr. Seuss book, “I Wish that I had Duck Feet.” You know the one where the kid wants to have all the different animal parts and eventually they have to put him in the zoo? You spend the book thinking it might be so cool to have duck feet or useful to have an elephant trunk, and then you realize how awful it would be to sit behind bars and have people point and stare at you all day. It makes me wonder why we think its okay to round up a bunch of animals and lock them in cages for our viewing convenience. Except for the manatees – did you know Cincinnati is one of two places outside Florida that they rehabilitate manatees? And while they do it, we get up close and personal.

Interestingly, visiting the farm last month with a few of the animals available for petting, had no such effect on me

When was the last time you went to a zoo?
What is your favorite animal to see?
Do you ever wonder if its right? 
P.S. My favorite were clearly the monkeys, although there were some pretty adorable cats that were deceivingly cute.

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  1. I'm glad you liked the manatees. I'm writing my Ph.D. dissertation on them. 🙂
    And I also love the monkeys!

  2. Nice animal pics. You should think of working for National Geographic. As for zoos…my favorite is still Singapore!

  3. Elephants are legitimately my favorite thing in the world. They make me cry sometimes because I love them so much… que Kristen Bell with a sloth (if you know what I'm talking about).
    But those little monkeys who eat popcorn and grapes in their little monkey hands are definitely a close second so I understand why you would love them so 🙂

  4. I love zoos!! The last zoo that I went to was the Denver Zoo in August. If you get the chance, you should go to the Columbus Zoo. It is or was the #1 zoo in the country 🙂