The other Meerkat was a little chilly, so he (she?) was curlled up in the warming tub.
Of course, one of the first things you see when you enter the zoo is the Meerkat exhibit. You just can't resist photographing them.
Suddenly, this guy sort of crouches down and looks to the sky behind me.
Whatever he sees really has his attention!
So I turned around as saw what was worrying him so much. A Red Tail Hawk had landed in the top of a tall pine tree and was surveying the area for lunch ideas.
Moving on to the Flamingos, there are always a couple of photos to be had.
The colors here can be so subtle and beautiful.
I then headed straight to the Snow Leopard exhibit. The Snow Leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia.
The exhibit contains a mother and her two cubs, now almost full grown. I took several photos.
Doesn't it look like he's posing in a photography studio's set?
Leaving the Snow Leopards, I pass by the King Vulture exhibit.
The King Vulture is found in Central and South America.
They have a very developed sense of smell (and a face only a mother could love!).
Looks like a creature out of Star Trek!
Right across from the Black Bears is the Rhinoceros enclosure.
Not too far down the road you will find the Turkomen Markhor. He looks like he's just come from the groomer! Found in Pakistan and other areas of SouthWest Asia, this is one of the favorite preys of our other friend, the Snow Leopard.
The Tiger was next on my list, and this one was awake and posing for a portrait.
Soon, however, (s)he decided to take a few turns around the enclosure, and I was able to get a shot with a nice background.
The playful teenagers do their thing.
Making my way toward the exit, I always have to stop by the Chimpanzees. They are just so facinating to watch!
Chimpanzee having a little lunch against a nice backdrop.
Caught with a little bit of food on his lips.
No, he's not contemplating the beauty of this palm flower, he's eating it.
Male and female sit contemplating their existence. I wonder what they are thinking?
Past the Chimps and the Giraffes are the Lions. I first saw the female lion taking a stroll around the enclosure.
Then, she decided to just sit down and people watch for a while.
The male lion, named Lionel, has a gorgeous coat and mane.
When not sleeping, he likes to pose for portraits.
My last stop on the way out was at the Gerenuk enclosure. Gerenuks live in East Africa in the dry, brushy areas of Somalia, eastern Ethiopia and Kenya.
Gerenuks are common, but declining in number because they are hunted for their skins. Don't look so sad, little Gerenuk. I'll be back another day!
Next, I pass by the Black Bear exhibit.