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