A day at the zoo…

Rob and I are in Winnipeg for the weekend and decided to go to the Assiniboine Park Zoo today.  The weather was colder than expected and we weren’t prepared for the chillier Manitoban weather but some of the animals at the zoo seemed to be enjoying the cooler weather!!  One of the most interesting exhibits at the zoo was the Penguin Cove exhibit which featured African Penguins or Black-footed Penguins (but also known as the “Jackass” penguins for its donkey-like bray) right next to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.  Only in a zoo would you be able to see penguins right next to a polar bear.  The polar bear, Hudson, arrived recently to the Winnipeg zoo from the Toronto Zoo, one of very few polar bears born into captivity that has survived.

African black-footed penguin

African or Black-footed penguin

African black-footed penguin swimming away!

African or Black-footed penguin swimming away!

Give me a smooch!!

Give me a smooch!!

It is sooo hot!!  Where is the snow??

It is sooo hot!! Where is the snow??

Woodland Caribou

Woodland Caribou

Canadian Lynx

Canadian Lynx

Rob’s favourite exhibit was the Asiatic lions – they were very vocal, roaring away while pacing in front of their cage.  Back and forth, back and forth…..  One even jumped at Rob while we were watching them!  The other one kept looking at the planes that flew over towards the airport; maybe he was hoping to find a ride home.

Asiatic Lion - can we come over for dinner?

Asiatic Lion – can we come over for dinner?

I'm not dinner!!

I’m not dinner!!

Short-eared rabbit found roaming the zoo

Short-eared rabbit found roaming the zoo

The rabbit above was found roaming the area near the Asiatic lion cages.  I hope he knows that they like rabbits as an appetizer!

Chinese Red Panda

Chinese Red Panda

After visiting the zoo, Rob and I both agree that it was weird and a bit sad seeing some of the animals behind bars and in cages, especially the ones that we have seen in the wild in the arctic.  Rob even mentioned that the muskox were not acting like they normally would in the wild.  But then again, were would you be able to see lions, tigers, camels, penguins, caribou, snowy owls, lynxes, kangaroos, etc. all in one day?

Steller's Sea Eagle

Steller’s Sea Eagle

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Sheep of some sort

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

Well these two humans were happy to see the wildlife and happy that we live in the arctic where there are no lions!! – Sophia & Rob

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls

Reptile of some sort

Reptile of some sort

A frog

A frog in a tree

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