by Leah Mueller

zoo-giraffeMy kids and I took advantage of the sunshine this past weekend (while Dad was painting) and went for a ride to The Buffalo Zoo. It was one of the first times we went during the winter months. We had no idea what kind of surprises we were in for! The animals were so active. The bears were having a great time playing and putting on a show. The tigers that were tiny cubs last year at this time looked full grown and just beautiful. They were wandering about and enjoying the sunshine too.

No trip to the Zoo with kids is complete without a stop on the playground too! After a couple trips down the snake slide we were ready to move on to the new Rainforest Falls exhibit.

It is such a great exhibit with the tropical temperatures, beautiful plant life and animal activity. The three of us spent a great deal of time watching the playful monkeys and finally got a look at the serval, which is usually pretty shy. My boys’ favorites are the vampire bats. They love standing in front of the cave and watching those bats fly around.

Before we left we walked down to the giraffe house to see the new baby, Malia. The giraffes were indoor so we had to look through the glass to see her. It was worth it, she’s cute! Take advantage of The Buffalo Zoo before summer arrives! The crowd is small and the animals are sure to put on a great show! Visit www.buffalozoo.org for hours, directions and more.

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