So I went to the zoo.
|Meerkat handles - too cute|
I haven't been to the Houston Zoo since I was 8, and all I remember about it is the train (which they still have) that goes all the way around Hermann Park. I didn't take the train this time around, but focused more on the animals.
|A natural redhead, you think?|
|a vulturine guinea fowl|
Ugly head, but what beautiful feathers! like a short, balding acountant with a splendid tie. The birds in this enclosure had to cope with sharing the space with tiny antelope ground squirrels, sort of like chipmunks on uppers. They didn't so much run as bound back and forth like kids in a bouncy castle. Cute, but much too fast to photograph.
The zoo has a lion named Jonathan. Johnathan likes attention. He picks the part of the lion enclosure closest to the people and poses for photographs. It's even on the sign "Johnathan loves attention." He reminds me of a housecat I know.
|Jonathan and his public|
I hope the next thing on the renovation schedule is a new or upgraded reptile house. I felt rather sorry for the alligators, they seemed so confined. Still, they have a good variety, particularly of snakes. I hadn't seen one of these before.
|A rhino-nosed something. I can't remember the full name.|
|Grumpy the meerkat|