We didn't get to see as much of the Cleveland Zoo as we might have on a zoo-only visit when we were at Jeff and Lauren's wedding. But we did catch a few animals! My favorites are the giraffes.
I'd never seen a giraffe before, apart from nature documentaries and photos. To see these magnificent animals in person is somewhat awe-inspiring to me.
I loved how they ate from the tall trees on the perimeter.
And watching this one lay down -- see how he folds himself up? How they do that is beyond me!
Apparently you can feed them by hand but we skipped that part!
The rhinoceros was interesting too.
They put their food in barrels (or at least some of it) that are hanging so they have to work to get it. There were two -- I suspect their outdoor pens were adjoining and probably connect to an inside spot we couldn't see.
There were African vultures flying overhead and swans in the pond. This one was taking a break on the leafy shore.
And the ostriches always remind me of a scene in the Disney "Swiss Family Robinson" where the family had a wild animal race and "Francis" rode an ostrich. (At 3:20 in this trailer link.)
The areas connecting the various animal sections were beautifully landscaped. I loved how the light hit these stunning blooms.
All in all, a lovely time.
And one worth repeating!