Zoo – The National Zoo, That Is!
On day 3 of our trip we took the Metro out to the zoo stop. The zoo was highly anticipated by the kids; especially by Number 2. Only a handful of zoos in the US have pandas, and Number 2 is a HUGE panda fan. Part of the anticipation involved watching the panda cam at: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-panda.cfm.
The zoo is very spread out, which is great for the animals, but harder on the parents of young children without strollers. We probably didn’t see even half of the zoo. But we spent a great deal of time at the pandas.
We were not disappointed by seeing the pandas in person. In addition to 2 adult pandas, the zoo has Bao Bao (Chinese meaning treasure), a giant panda cub born in August 2013. She just starting going outside in April and has learned how to climb trees. While we were there we viewed her backside through the branches of the tree and got a quick glimpse at her face. When she turns 4 she will be sent to China.
Her mother, Mei Xiang, was a real ham. It was like she was posing for pictures.
We also really enjoyed the naked mole rat exhibit, and not just because the boys got to say naked over and over again! Naked mole rats are highly unusual mammals in that they live in colonies like bees and ants. There is one breeding queen who breeds with 1-3 males, while the rest of the colony are worker animals.
The display was a series of clear plastic tubes through which the animals could be viewed doing naked mole rat-like activities. It was especially fun to watch them zoom through the tubes – they went equally as fast whether they were going forward or backward!
Like the rest of the vacation, we can’t wait to go back and see more!
I have come to Zee End of the 2014 April A to Z Challenge!