Earlier this summer, Melody and I decided to visit the Los Angeles Zoo for the first time. It’s amazing how I never really appreciated what was in my area, how I expected the San Diego zoo to be the only appropriate location to view magnificent creatures and wildlife. I was first intrigued by my visit to the Zoo for a seminar presentation for “love in the wild,” a piece I covered for the Daily Trojan; I was also informed that recent tiger cubs had been roaming the terrain. I had to go! Unfortunately the cubs were no longer cubs after a few months, but still had the spirit to play with each other. Well, I had to walk around and see what animals I was most interested in, we were only there for roughly 2 hours so our time was limited. We visited the Meerkat exhibit to see these cute fellows.
Next, towards the front of the Zoo, there was a pond full of flamingos; typical right?
I wanted to also visit the primate section, but the crowds were enormous. Instead I opted for their little cousin. I don’t remember exactly what type of primate this was, but he was cute.
Digging through the trees for a snack.
Next up, a leopard pacing through his little office. It is kind of sad to see animals caged up, especially due to the space constraints of this zoo. But this is definitely a great educational trip for everyone in the Los Angeles area.
And to our main attraction, the tiger cubs. I was really fortunate, the tigers were ready to play when I reached their pen.
Mom and child.
I was documenting their playful behavior, much better than the usual sleeping photos.
Next, we walked down to visit the Snow Leopard’s lair.
And got a few shots of the elephants.
We also were flagged down by the cute Koala Bears.
And our exit out of the zoo. I will need to keep up with Zoo news, just in case there are other cute litters ready for some pictures.