Monday, May 26, 2008

Henry Doorly Zoo

We took a trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska this week. I've never been to Nebraska before, and quite honestly it's never occurred to me to want to go. No one ever spends there whole life hoping to visit Nebraska before they die.

But Omaha has a pretty phenomenal zoo. We heard about it from some other friends here and decided to go check it out. We had to drive up one evening, spend the night in a hotel and spend the whole next day at the zoo. We didn't even get to see half the zoo, that's how big it was. The weather was cloudy and it sprinkled every so often, but luckily many of the exhibits are indoors (including an indoor rain forest and an indoor swamp). I've been to a lot of zoos around the country, and I'll say this is the best one we've ever tried.
Ben of course, loves the aquarium. He wants to be a marine biologist one day and frankly I don't even have to read the information posted on the tanks because Ben can tell me all about any sea creature in there. It's sort of like having my own personal guide. He had fun pretending this octopus was about to eat him.

This is a Sea Dragon, which frankly was one of the most fascinating creatures I've ever seen. At first glance it appears to be a batch of seaweed, some sort of marine plant drifting around, then you can start to make out a vague seahorse shape in there as you watch it swim along. One of God's more incredible, and beautiful creations. This waterfall was in the rainforest display. It was pretty incredible. I felt like we were off in the jungle on safari while we were walking through this place.
In the butterfly house, I picked up a hitchhiker and gave him a piggy back ride for a while. Some of those butterflies were huge and they dive bombed us constantly. I always thought butterflies were quiet and delicate. But some of those babies were like bats swooping around at us.
If you've never wanted to visit Nebraska, now you have a reason to want to!

1 comment:

  1. What fun! I love zoos!

    Dang girl! Don't you age? You making me look bad!

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