Kurt has gotten me hooked on the Panda Cam at the National Zoo. We both like to check in periodically and see what Mei Xiang and her baby Bao Bao are up to.
I’m pretty sure the Panda Cam is what got Kurt thinking about the zoo, but for whatever reason, he’s been bugging me to go for a couple of months now.
Not that it took much convincing. I love animals, and once he told me about ZooLights, I was actually really looking forward to going. I’m a sucker for Christmas lights.
We almost didn’t go this past weekend, because it was freezing out, but we ended up deciding to brave the cold.
We got off the Metro at a little after noon, walked a frigid half mile and found ourselves face to face with a couple of cheetahs.
Most of the public feedings and shows happen earlier in the day, but we got to see Tian Tian (Bao Bao’s father) enjoying a frozen treat.
We also got to see a couple of elephants pee. Wow. If you’ve never seen an elephant pee, it is quite a sight. Floodgates definitely come to mind. Just wow.
The spectacled bears were a lively bunch. They were climbing all over the place and wrestling.
The two cubs started wrestling behind me while Kurt was taking my picture.
I loved that the animals were just free to roam around in the Amazon exhibit. Monkeys were climbing around above us.
There were so many animals to see. A few of the highlights that I didn’t get pictures of were the seals, sea lions, orangutans and huge boa constrictors. I personally loved the sloth.
Once it got dark, the lights came on.
And it got crowded. There were several rides for the kids. They had the standard carnival rides like the carousel and tea cups. There was also a cool snow-free sledding hill. I was tempted to try that one.
Hot drinks, eggnog, Kettlecorn and roasted nuts were for sale. All of it was over-priced, but the proceeds go to the zoo, so we didn’t mind paying, especially considering the zoo is absolutely free. I still have trouble believing that.
We will definitely go back. Possibly when it’s warmer. Although I wouldn’t mind making ZooLights a holiday tradition.
If you live anywhere near DC, go to ZooLights!