Sturm Trek: Here Kitty, Kitty

I’m a cat person, pure and simple.  I like all animals to be sure, but cats are my favorite, and BIG cats are no exception.  So when Daphne started to whine about wanting to see the cats, I ignored the whining, and jumped on the bandwagon.  We cruised by several exhibits in an effort to get to the “kitty complex”.  The Henry Doorly Zoo is capable of holding about 100 cats.  At the time we were there, I think they had around 40.  Of course, I had to get my picture taken next to the signs for certain cats.  To some of you, this will make sense.  If you get it, you’ll know you’re one of my “cool” friends.  😉

This first Tiger was in its cage outside, and I think it must have been hungry, because it was looking at Sophie and Daphne as if it was thinking “If only I could get out of this cage, they’d be mine in a second”.  We watched for a while as the Tiger seemed to be trying to figure out a way out of its cage, then we decided to head into the complex itself.  It’s pretty large and almost maze-like.  It’s quite easy to lose track of where you’ve been and which way you need to go.  We did a lot of backtracking.  I only found signs for 4 of the 7 cats I was looking for, so I’ll be on the lookout for zoos with Cheetahs, Panthers, and Tigers.  (Actually, Henry Doorly Zoo HAS at least one Cheetah, and a slew of Tigers, and they probably have a Panther too, but when you’re being dragged by a child, sometimes it’s easy to miss the signs that announce animals.  *sigh*)  We also got to see a White Tiger there, and of course, I turned it into a lesson on Gregor Mendel for Kelli.  It was a moral imperative.  Of course, she seemed less than thrilled, but some day she’ll thank me, right?

After leaving the Cat Complex, we got a real treat – A peacock was clearly trying to attract the attention of a female in the vicinity.  He was absolutely beautiful.  He was up on a ledge, so it was difficult to get a good clear shot, but I did get a couple of decent ones.  They’re in the gallery below.  Click on any of the thumbnails to view the full widescreen image.