Zoology Nerds Out and About

How can you spot the zoology nerds in the South America exhibit at the zoo?  While everyone else is admiring the jaguars, we’re the ones ooh-ing and aah-ing over a small worm-like caecilian in a tank.  (For you non-nerds, a caecilian is a bizarre, limbless type of amphibian.)

Yes, today a few coworkers and I headed down to spend the day in Jacksonville, beginning with a few hours wandering the Jacksonville Zoo.  I was originally thinking of going to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge sometime this weekend, but that’s been shelved until my parents’ visit next week.  Though smaller than some I’ve been to, the Jacksonville Zoo still had some really cool exhibits (cassowaries!).  I took a bunch of photos, and most of them turned out crappy, but here are a few of the highlights.  The pelican with the leaf in the foreground is definitely my favorite.

I was particularly entertained by the nesting colony of Wood Storks that had invaded the African savannah exhibit.  Only in Florida, eh?

6 replies on “Zoology Nerds Out and About”

I’m hardly an expert, but I imagine if the storks were bothered by the human presence they wouldn’t have selected that spot in the first place. And the zoo staff was definitely aware of their presence, as they’d put up some Wood Stork signage, which I appreciated – otherwise imagine how many people would assume they’re African birds there as part of the exhibit!

I took my mother for a day at the zoo while my father was hospitalized for several months at the the Mayo Clinic–it was a great break for her. I have fond memories of dragging her through the Lorikeet feeding area. Not sure if she felt the same–it can be a little intimidating.

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