I love animals. I try to hit an aquarium, zoo, or wild life preserve in every city I travel to. I just have to convince my companions to go with me. Lucky me. My friend, Eddy, loves me.
Birmingham Zoo was everything I expected it to be. It was huge and small at the same time. It was small because I wanted more! I wanted to be entrapped in there forever, but no such luck. But on the other hand, expect a lot of walking because it is pretty big.
Official Map from their website
I love tigers. Did you know that the roar of a Bengal tiger can carry for over 2km at night? We heard this big fella all through the zoo.
There were so many interesting animals in their exhibits. I can’t even remember half their names. I wish I had photographic memory.
Goals. I do remember they had a sloth though. Go check that out.
Slightly horrifying and
amazing. We came at owl feeding hour. They swallow small prey whole but if they have a larger prey they tear ’em into smaller pieces before swallowing. They regurgitate pellets of bone, feathers, and/or fur later. Could be hours, could be days before they upchuck.
I don’t know if you guys read/watch Harry Potter, but in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone there was a part in the book where Harry used his magic, made the glass disappear from the snake enclosure, and let the boa constrictor out. (Fun fact: In the film, they used a python.) Every time I encounter snakes in their glass enclosure, I picture that scene and get pretty freaked out.
Peacocks are pretty.
Pretty scary. For some odd reason, this particular peacock felt threaten by us and started to flutter its feather and fan ’em out. While unbeknownst to me, he jumped over the 7ft enclosure and was slowly creeping up on us. Seven feet! I was busy trying to capture pictures of another animal; I can’t recall the animal for the life of me. Eddy told me to back away slowly. I was suspicious but decided it was best to listen to him, so I did. While I was backing up, I looked at him and he nodded his head at the peacock; I turned my head and saw the peacock coming closer to my face. The peacock then jumped down. In that moment, Eddy and I hightailed it out of there. We had a laugh about it later, but pretty soon after this we decided it was time to leave the zoo and get food.
Speaking for both of us, the zoo was entertaining. If you ever stop in Birmingham, AL, and love animals, you should stop on by. Go during the week days, it’ll be less crowded and more interactive. There was even a children’s area which had a food court, carousel, and other stuff that we decided not to check out because there was a school field trip happening.
Wild Encounter With,