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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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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