The sound of my alarm stirred me in the early morning. I put on my face my heart pitter-pattered as the time came closer.
The last curl was set as the ding of my phone informed me my family arrived.
Yawning & stretching we began the exciting journey to visit the giant fuzzy bears that warm my heart.
But first… BACON!
We arrived at the zoo, tickets in tow and made our way to the Eurasian BBQ tent for lunch. As we took our place in line we laughed and joked our stomachs grumbling.
Piling my plate with bacon, sausage & ham with a few delicious crisped potatoes mmmm
As we sat they began to tell us all about giant pandas and what they eat etc.
We finished and then it was panda time!
As we entered into the panda exhibit the humid mist kissed my face. The swarm of early brunch-ers rushed to see the panda cubs rolling around & ripping up bamboo. Mama bear seated nearby munching along as well.
In the opposite exhibit, the big papa panda sat on his platform ripping his bamboo apart.
The hardest part? trying to capture all the panda cuteness!
Following the fluffy black and white bears, we made our way over to the Lemurs!
On route, we paid a visit to the giraffes, the hippos and the lions!
The beautiful fierce cats laying out in the sun. Breathtaking.
I smiled as we entered the uniquely designed exhibit, Lemurs swinging and frolicking around. The ring-tailed lemurs all curled up, viewing us as we viewed them up on their perch.
The red-fronted Lemur family was poking around and eating closer to us. I look forward to seeing the black and white ruffle Lemurs when they get here.
As we finished off we took a bit of a caffeine break, me with my diet Pepsi and my fam jam had their coffee’s
Followed by a journey into the butterfly exhibit and the plant area. Very interesting to watch them fly and land all over gracefully.
Onto the Otters! The playful creatures swimming all around with hyperactive energy. They are some of my favorite animals ever!
Next, our journey brought us to the chilled deep as we entered the home of the arctic birdies aka the Penguins!
Listening to them call out it can scare you a but in a joyful way! We saw a male sitting on an egg which I’ve never seen before. The Gentoo, King and Rockhopper Penguins are all similar in look (although I am obsessed with the Rockhoppers yellow brows) but they all appear to have such juxtaposing personalities.
We made our way out front to see the Humboldt Penguins, playing in the water in the hot summer sun. Such a funny sight to see in the middle of Calgary aka cowtown.
Next, we went to the restaurant Grazers and had the fabulous Italian buffet! Yummmmmmmm!
We finished the zoo part of the day and digested our delicious lunch with a walk through the dino park. What a fabulous pre-birthday adventure!