The Knoxville Zoo

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While visiting family last week, my husband, stepson and I spent the only day without rain at The Knoxville Zoo. There were a lot of rare animals to see and most of them roamed free within a habitat.  For example, the giraffes shared a field with the Thompson’s Gazelles, birds shared an open air habitat with a pond full of beavers, and so on.

Zoo_elephantThis is a breeding zoo set up for endangered species, so there were mated pairs of lions, elephants and baboons.  Park rangers were on hand everywhere explaining animal behavior and giving short programs to the school groups who had arrived in droves.

Zoo_giraffeI’m not sure who howled more, the howler monkeys or the kids who got to pet the boa constrictor.  The intricate color patterns you can find on a zebra’s tail or giraffe’s neck always amazes me, and I learned that there are no two alike.  The incredible colors of exotic birds and flowers found in nature are beyond compare. If you need a color palette pick-me-up, just go to the zoo.

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