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One of my high school friends, Maggie, invited my husband and me to come visit about a month ago and take a tour of her job.  I know a private tour of somebody’s job doesn’t sound like that much fun…unless they work at a zoo!

Yep, we got a free private tour of a zoo!

It was great.  We were able to feed Jeffrey the giraffe and Babe the rhino (you can see their pictures below…well Babe’s booty and her companion’s pic).  My friend also told us the histories of each animal she knew and the funny stories that have happened along the way.

They have one elephant that seems to take offense at inanimate objects…she mangled a fence without even trying.  We also met a wild turkey that refused to settle down…I swear, he thought we were really after his woman and could stay completely puffed up for hours on end.  He’s going to give himself a heart attack.

The last picture is of Mukah, an orangutan that really thinks he is human…
By the time we had seen the whole place, I felt like I had known those animals for years.

I also remembered the ton other zoo visits I have enjoyed.  My parents enjoyed taking my sisters and me to whatever zoo or wildlife preserve that was in each city we lived in or visited.  I honestly can’t remember the number of times I’ve been to the Houston Zoo.

My husband and I have continued that tradition as well.  We even visited the New Orleans Zoo a few months before Katrina hit.

There’s just something special about seeing all of those animals that reminds you that you’re just one small dot in a much bigger picture.

It’s also an outing that usually runs about the same price as a trip to the movie theater – tickets range from $5 to $15 for an adult and less for children.  Most zoos also allow you to bring water bottles and picnic lunches as well.

Have you been to the zoo lately?  Do you remember any fun visits in the past?