On August 24th, my family and I went to the Brevard Zoo with my best friend Mari, my great grandmother, my Aunt Missy, Nana, and my cousins. This was our first time at the Brevard Zoo but we have been to the Jacksonville Zoo twice. This was the first time my cousins Ann and Mia had ever been to a zoo.
First, we saw flamingos. I know that flamingos in the wild are pink because of the shrimp they eat. At the zoo, they use dye in their food to make them pink, but they didn’t look very pink to me. Maybe they didn’t add enough dye.
Then we went down a path and we saw two scarlet macaws, which were very loud and sort of scary because they had very sharp beaks, but I think their wings were clipped.
Next we entered ‘Expedition Africa’. First we saw the radiated tortoise. I think the radiated tortoise is cool because its shell is really spiky.
After that we saw white rhinos. We even saw one sharping its horn. We saw a tree that had the same marks as the sharpening post. My friend Mari thought it was the rhinos that made the markings but then I pointed out that some of the markings were much too high for any rhino to have made.
Next we went to see the giraffes, but they weren’t there. A zookeeper told us that their pens had been opened but they hadn’t left yet. She said they take their good sweet time and won’t come out until they were ready. We did see a very pretty bird in the giraffe area and his name was Roger.
After that we went into ‘Australia Asia’. First we saw a blue and gold macaw. I liked its colors.
Next, there were beautiful black swans. One was washing its feathers and the other was swimming.
After that we saw an emu and a wallaby. The emu had very long legs and black and white feathers. The wallaby looked like a mini kangaroo.
Next we saw the Visayan Warty Pigs. There were some with spikey hair down their backs that looked mohawk. There was also a baby that looked like a miniature version of the adult. They had very long snouts and at first, my cousin Ann thought they were ant eaters!
We went into the free-flight aviary next. Inside, they had Indonesian fruit bats, which are also called flying foxes.
There were tons of cockatiels, and we got to feed them seeds on Popsicle sticks. Dad picked one up and Mia tried to do the same thing and get one to climb on her finger, but it just kept biting her.
Next, there were Rainbow Lorikeets that we fed nectar from little cups. They were everywhere, jumping on everyone. One landed on my head and walked down my back, one landed on Ema’s shoulder, and Nick had three on him at once! They were scary and my friend Mari didn’t want to go in at all and when she did, she left very quickly. One pooped in Ann’s hair, one on Aunt Missy’s shoulder and her hair, and they even got my dad! Thankfully, I didn’t get pooped on too.
Next we entered ‘Wild Florida’. First we saw the alligators. There was one that was 13 feet long! Its name was Humphrey, but Mari and I just called him Fatso, because it was very fat.
There was also a deer right next to the alligator cage.
Next we saw the bald eagle but it wasn’t bald as I expected it to be.
Next we saw the gator skull. You could open its mouth! I tried but it was very heavy.
Then my friend Mari called me over to show me all the turtles that live in the river that you could kayak in. There was a very large one and several smaller ones. When we stopped looking at the turtles, we saw a space shuttle painted like an alligator. We had our picture taken beside it.
After that we saw the red wolf but we couldn’t get a good look, because it was on far side of its pen.
Then we noticed a giant box behind us. As the suspense, grew my dad looked inside. Then I looked inside. Inside the box was just an empty beer bottle. After that we saw the river otters. First we saw just a tree, but you could see under it and Ann saw a tail! Then we went upstairs. We could see them. Well, one at least. Then we went back down where everyone was taking pictures. We could see the rest of them!
Next we went to ‘La Selva’ or South American Rain Forest. First, we saw the jaguar and her cub.
Next we saw the spider monkey. Outside the cage there were peanuts scattered everywhere. The monkey wanted them, so he found a solution. Stick its tail out of the cage!
We saw the pygmy marmosets next. They looked rather strange, but they were cool looking. They looked different then I imagined them, but that is probably because I have only seen them on 'Go Diego Go'. They had a chameleon! It didn’t change color though.
They also have a thing that you walk through and it has vultures in it. They had a king vulture and a few others.
When you walk out the other side, they have a stack of plastic armadillos and a sign that says “this is how much a king vulture can eat in a day” and behind it a sign that you can use to compare the width of your arms to a variety of different vultures and condor wingspan. Nobody could match the size of the giant condor, which was 16 feet.
Next we went back to 'Expedition Africa' and saw the giraffes. We got to feed the giraffes with special giraffe crackers. The largest and gentlest was Rafiki. His spots were much darker than all the rest. Even if you didn’t have a cracker he would let you pet his head.
Our final stop was 'Paws on Play'. It has an aquarium, a water park, a sand box, a playground, a touch tank, and a petting zoo. To get to the part of the aquarium, you had to get in the big kid section of the water park. The touch tank had a sea snail and a horseshoe crab. We didn’t go to the playground or the petting zoo, but we did play in the water park for a while.
I think my favorite parts were feeding the giraffes and the water park. If I had to choose one, I would choose the giraffes because I got to touch and feed Rafiki. He even licked me with his purple tongue.
That was my trip to the Zoo. I lots of fun!