Some time ago I bought a membership to the Albuquerque BioPark – the zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and Tingley Beach are the four components of the BioPark. Tingley Beach is an open natural space area with access to the Rio Grande. I spend a couple days a month at the BioPark and the membership has been a good investment — lots of blog posts have come out of those visits.
I spent Monday afternoon at the zoo. It was a sunny and warm day…about 88 degrees…and not crowded, being a weekday. The zoo residents were taking it easy…mostly. Those with water access and a willingness to get in the water were staying wet but the others were mostly taking naps.
We all need naps from time to time….
Some of us struggle to stay awake….
And then there are certain family obligations…. We have a new baby hippo who is the star attraction. He stays close to mom but she is not shy about showing him off. He has learned to swim so will swim with her in the pool.
The Polar bears were having a great time. It was snack time and they were doing belly flops into the pool going after fish. They would leap into the water from about seven feet up on the rocks and chase after the fish thrown by the attendant. Sometimes they’d catch it with their paws or mouth but they seemed to enjoy diving into the water after the snack.