July 14th was Doug's brother's birthday. For the occasion, we took him to the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan, something he's been wanting to do for some time.
I know that there are strong opinions regarding the confinement of animals in zoos for the pleasure of the viewing public, and I understand that. But I also appreciate the opportunity to see animals up close that I might never see in their natural habitat.
This post will just give a sampling of some of the things we saw that day.
|This Llama was in a petting zoo area.|
|Purple Loosestrife growing in a swampy area|
|A peacock seeking food dropped by diners in a picnic area|
|An African Painted Dog|
There was a large area where several compatible species roamed freely. The next four pictures were shot from an overlook some distance from the animals.
|Addax, also known as the white antelope and the screwhorn antelope;|
|Grant's Zebra (on left) and Damara Zebra|
|Grant's Zebra and young foal|
|This flower caught my eye as we exited the zoo.|