A Day at the Fort Worth Zoo

One of the advantages of living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is having an abundance of things to do. For example, Dallas and Fort Worth each have their own zoological parks. I’ve never been to the zoo in Dallas, but back in the spring of 2011, I went with some friends to the Fort Worth Zoo. It was ninety degrees and sunny: hot, but not miserably so. In any case, the bright and sunny weather made for some good photos. Here are my favorites.

Reptiles

Alligator or Crocodile?

I’m not sure if this is an alligator or a crocodile. Either way, it’s cool to see him from this angle.

Flying Turle

I like the way this turtle seems to be flying around the office.

Horned lizard

This guy looks like a tiny little triceratops.

Komodo dragon

This guy’s got to be seven or eight feet long.

Birds

Grackle

This is a grackle, which is very common in North Texas. It’s not part of the exhibit.

Pink Flamingos

I don’t know, these pink flamingos aren’t that pink.

Polly Want a Cracker

Polly Want a Cracker.

Mammals

Hungry Hungry Hippo

Hippos are supposed to be quite dangerous, but they sure do look like lazy logs.

Lesser Kudu

This Lesser Kudu looks anorexic. They all do, actually.

Lions

Lions getting frisky.

Monkey Texting

This guys looks like he’s texting.

I’ve never been a big zoo person, but the Fort Worth Zoo does have its fair share of interesting animals. I remember going to the zoo as a kid and seeing animals pacing around small, bland cages. Some of the exhibits nowadays still seem too small, but like most zoos in the US, things are getting better. Of course, larger cages make the animals harder to photograph, but it’s a small price to pay for the happiness and well-being of the animals.

Those are my thoughts on the Fort Worth Zoo. One of these days soon, I should go to the Dallas Zoo for a comparison. When I do, I’ll try to post some pictures here.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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