by Mark Utzig

RainforestFalls2This past weekend I took my semi-annual trip to the zoo with my nephews. The zoo never ceases to amaze me. You’d never guess the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest in the country given the new exhibits and renovations. We started off by visiting the polar bear habitat followed by the sea lion cove. This was truly a remarkable new edition to the zoo. After doing a little walking around and stopping for lunch at the Pizza Post, we made our way over to the newly built Rainforest Falls. My nephews loved this spectacle, especially the brightly colored toucans and the enormous anaconda snake. After visiting this venue for a while, we strolled over to check out the Siberian Tigers and lions. The size and strength of these animals is impressive even for adults! After visiting some other exhibits, we ended our visit at the gorilla house. It’s crazy how human-like, gorillas are! Before leaving, we stopped in the gift shop for a souvenir. It was tough for my nephews to pick out just one item because there was so much to choose from. Clearly they remember that Uncle Mark is quite the pushover so we left with a stuffed version of our own little zoo! The Buffalo Zoo was a perfect Saturday delight for my nephews and with such a warm-like atmosphere, it makes for a pleasant family event. Please visit their website for hours and admission prices.

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