I don't usually like the zoo - or Sea World for that matter. It's always made me sad to see animals shut in little spaces or mistreated. I also know, though, that many animals couldn't survive on their own in the wild so there is really nothing to complain about if they're being treated well. I bring this up because the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is exactly that - an animal sanctuary, and I really enjoyed my visit!
Granted, it was ridiculously hot outside so most of the animals were sleeping. There was a grey wolf that I waited around for that never woke up. I was a little bummed about that, but what we did see was really nice.
There were lots of birds! I guess many people buy exotic birds and then decide they're too difficult to maintain.
I love this picture! Aren't the colors beautiful?
This one was too busy eating and never looked up.
This red bird was in it's house when I got there, but I think it liked my humming. It came out to say 'hello' right away!
Giant turtles! There were so many of them!
I don't know that a pig would be considered a rescue animal but, I guess, this one did save itself from becoming bacon. He was just so big that I needed to include the picture.
One of my favorite things about the Austin Zoo is that the animals are fairly close. This big lion was only a few feet away. That sounds like it might be scary but, surprisingly, it wasn't. That might be because many of these animals were kept as pets and are used to people. In addition to lions, the zoo has tigers, leopards and jaguars.
This bear had the nicest area out of all the animals. He had his own swimming pool and plenty of shade - perfect for the hot Texas summer!
The Austin Zoo is small. We went around the whole area in an hour and a half. It would have taken longer, but we didn't linger too much - did I mention it was hot?
We loved the zoo and will probably go back soon. I think it's great that they're providing a safe and natural environment for these animals - no concrete! If you're in Austin and have a couple of hours to spare, you should really stop by and visit.
Hello Mi Solecito readers! I had 3 events yesterday: A Baptism, Bridal Shower, and Bachelorette party. It was one of the sweetest days because we were surrounded by family and friends all day long. I lOved it!!! Here are a few (outfit) suggestions for a day filled with things to do, places to go and people to see...
It's Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Today I'm going shopping. I need a red dress for a bachelorette party, but red is apparently not the favorite color this season. I'm finding tons of beautiful orange and coral, but no red. Hopefully the Domain will have more options. Wish me luck (and even more luck to my little cousins who are going shopping with me)!
- This just reminded me that I still need to decorate my apartment: (Decor8)
I took the boys to Houston last weekend to visit family and get out of Austin for a couple of days. Houston is always fun! While we were there we did some shopping and I got these great shoes from Nine West. I'd been wanting some Oxfords for a while now! The brown color goes with pretty much everything and they are incredibly comfortable. You like?
While in Houston and in honor of Independence Day, we went to a baseball game. After all, what is more traditional that baseball?
The stadium in Houston is the Minute Maid Stadium. I saw my first baseball game in Houston, but it was at the Astrodome at that time. I remember really liking the Astrodome. It's a little odd to be indoors for baseball, but it's either that or the crazy hot weather. I'll take odd and cool to normal and sweltering any day!
The game was the Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox. We are all big Red Sox fans so, of course, we were thrilled that they played in our state! Apparently we weren't the only ones; most of the people at the game were wearing Boston gear. And... the Red Sox won! 10 - 4! Happy Independence Day to us!
If you're in Austin and want a weekend getaway, I recommend the 2 1/2 hour drive to Houston. There are a million things to do (not just great shopping and baseball games!); it's not too far, but it feels like a world away.