Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fun at the Henry Doorly Zoo

On Sunday, my little family and I went to the zoo.

I must digress here and let it be known that the reason we did so much stuff over the weekend is because my brother-in-law Shawn and his wife Paola (and their two darling baby girls) were in town visiting.  Normally, we are lazy bones.  But having company motivated us to get out and about and experience some of the finer things Omaha has to offer.

So, as I was saying, on Sunday we went to the zoo.  Omaha's zoo is awesome.  Truly.  I think we spent about 4 hours there and barely saw half of it.  Plus, Shawn almost got peed on by a monkey.  True story.

Our first stop was the "Skyfari", which flies you over the heart of the zoo.  Scott went with the boys while I followed right behind with Ashley.


I spent the time being alternatively terrified that (i) Scott would lose his grip on the boys and they'd slide out; (ii) I would lose my grip on Ashley and she'd slide out; (iii) I'd lose my grip on my flip flops, camera and/or backpack and they'd slide out.

It was tense.

But look, we flew right over a giraffe!!  That's cool.


Ashley was duly impressed.


Once we exited the Skyfari, we headed over to the elephants.  There was one right at the edge of the enclosure, which was awesome.


Although Ashley didn't even notice because she was too busy freaking out about a bug crawling on the railing.  "Ashley, there's an elephant!"  "Mommy, there's a bug!"  "I know, but Ashley, there's an elephant!"  "But Mommy, there's a bug!"  "Elephant!"  "Bug!"  "Elephant!" "Bug!"  And so on and so forth.

We reached an impasse and moved on to the new exhibit - "Madagascar."  It's basically an open exhibit with vines and branches stretching over the walkways so the monkeys can climb anywhere they want and cross right over your head.  It's a pretty cool little exhibit.  Unless you almost get peed on.


Luckily Shawn was quick and dodged the pee just in the nick of time.  They should really put a sign up about that.  "WARNING:  MONKEYS HAVE BLADDERS AND THEY'RE NOT AFRAID TO USE THEM."    They did have Purell available for you to use as you exited, but that's not gonna help someone who just got hit with a head full of monkey pee, just sayin'.

So next, we headed off to the gorilla house.  I have to say, this was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had at the zoo.  The gorillas were pretty active that day, so lots of people were crowding around the viewer windows.  My crew and I headed to the very end to take a little breather from the crowds.  So I was sitting there all by my lonesome in this little viewer window, when a silver back gorilla came RIGHT OVER.  At first, he just stood there.


And then he came and sat NEXT to me right outside the window.  People, there is no zoom on my camera.  This giant gorilla was literally like six inches from my face.

Close Up of Gorilla

I only took a couple pictures because I'm telling you, he and I had this thing going on.  We just stared at each other for what felt like forever.  I think maybe he had a crush on me.  It was like King Kong revisited at the Henry Doorly Zoo.  Too bad I'm already taken, because I thought he was kinda cute, too.

Oh well.

Then we went to the aquarium.  Not much happened there, except for this cool picture I took of jelly fish.


Then we went and got some ice cream! Hooray!


Aidan was pleased.

We rounded out our day at the desert dome.  It was hot hot hot in there.  And there were lots of snakes.  And bats.  Ashley kept her eyes closed throughout the whole thing.  But I made her open them for a mommy with kids shot.


Anyway, we had a blast.  I can't wait to go back and check out the other half of the zoo soon.


Steph said...

Henry Doorly Zoo is awesome! You are so brave to have taken your kiddos on that sky thing. I would have been even more terrified!

Brandy said...

FANTASTIC pictures. like really great esp the gorilla one. wow!

Jenny said...

What a fun day! That close up of the gorilla is amazing!!! Getting peed on by a monkey, not so amazing. I thought I had it bad getting peed on by birds... I will never complain again!

Anonymous said...

There is no way we will go to a zoo right now in NC. It is 95 degrees with 110% humidity and mosquitoes to make things even more exciting. But it looks like you all had a ton of fun!

wonderchris said...

I think I see a bit of drool in that close up gorilla shot - you guys definitely had a moment.
That is an amazing picture!!!!

Oh, and flying over a giraffe - AWESOME!

Being almost peed on - YIKES!

Glad you guys had fun - love the mom & kids shot. Super cute.

Regina said...

Awesome pics! I LOVE that zoo.

Rebecca said...

That gorilla picture seriously freaks me out! The jellyfish pic is great...what a fun day! It's always nice when you have to entertain b/c you end up being entertained yourself!!!

Jen said...

So much fun. Love the giraffe.

Emily said...

Those gorilla pics are amazing. As is the picture of you and your kiddos. But honestly, you had me at monkey pee.

Kel said...

Your kids have the most wonderful smiles! Glad you all had fun!

Kmama said...

What great pictures. Love that last one!

BranderPaul said...

OOH OOH--take US to the zoo!! yeah! :)

Helene said...

Oh man, that gorilla totally had a thing for you. He looks like he's saying, "Me. You. Let's go bananas".

I love that last picture of you and the kids!!!!!

theresa4sixsuit said...

As an Omaha native, I absolutely love the Henry Doorly Zoo. I have to, it's the law.

Anyways, I remember when the aquarium first opened. I would take my kiddos in the tunnel and we'd lay down on the floor and watch all the fish swim above us. People would look at us strange but it was like laying on the ocean floor. :)

We'll be heading back this summer, can't wait to see the new Madagascar exhibit! Haven't rode the Skyfari yet, even though my kids are older, I think I'll be worried about them slipping out too!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

The zoo is one of my favorite things to do! I love it! That jelly fish picture is really cool! And brilliant idea to have the skyfari!

Duchess said...

Yay for fun gorillas! :0) He looks like he wants to be your friend!

LisaDay said...

Fantastic pics, particularly the second one of the gorilla.


Katherine said...

We've got plans to take our kids to Omaha to see the zoo this summer. So thanks for the heads-up about the monkey bladders.

liz said...

I've never heard of a zoo with a ski lift! Mr. Madagascar looks like his eyes are going to explode. But my fave is the one of the gorilla - it's like there's a human in there.

Sadia said...

Megan, I don't write "LOL", but I was seriously laughing out loud on my lunch break. (Yeah, I take my lunch break at my desk. What of it?)

What fun!

Anonymous said...

Ya'll look ADORABLE!!! Great post with great pics. Makes me wanna go to the zoo :)

I also envisioned a man with monkey pee in his head trying to lather up the Purell. Hilarious.

Aging Mommy said...

That looks like a wonderful zoo - love the skyfari. Lovely pictures as always - I finally got my new camera and got the Rebel XS and am loving it!

The Lane Family said...

The comment about gorilla pee made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants (not hard after a twin pregnancy).

That skyfari looks awesome but I would have been FREAKING OUT!! I would have worried about all the same things plus doing my best to keep my eyes open :)

The last picture is great...I LOVE it!!

You take amazing pictures!! What kind of camera do you use???

blueviolet said...

Wow, that's really neat that you can take the aerial ride over the zoo! I've never seen that before.

Megan said...

Thanks everybody!!

TLF: I have a Canon Rebel XS....I love it and think it is super easy to use. Can't recommend it highly enough. :-)

Barbara Photography said...

very nice shots!

Krystyn said...

What a great time at the zoo! That Skyfari is awesome.