Misty and I were at the zoo about ten years earlier when we visited her aunt and uncle who used to live in the area, but did not remember everything about it and also much has changed since the last time we were here.
Upon entering the zoo we decided to get on the tram bus and start at the far end of the zoo and work our way back as suggested by our friends.
|The Gloade and Lively families preparing to tour the zoo.|
|Avery is ready to go!|
|Chloe looking cute!|
|Ian waiting to start the tour.|
|Miss Molly, cute as a button.|
|Map of the zoo.|
|Riding to the other side of the zoo.|
|Misty anticipating our zoo adventure.|
|Avery with his big blue, not looking blue eyes.|
|Entering Cypress Swamp.|
If you go to the Mountain Lion Foundation FAQ page, they say that there are 24,000 to 36,000 adults in the United States, so I'm not sure about the zoo's statistics.
Cougars are also known as the puma in South America and a mountain lion in North America, but are actually the same species in both places.
|Sculpture of a cougar, mountain lion, or puma depending on where you are.|
|American Alligators getting a tan.|
|Cougar enjoying the shade. The temperature was in the low 90's today.|
|Northern water snake that is commonly mistaken for a cottonmouth.|
|Northern water snake right next to the chain link fence that separates it from the trail.|
|Kelsey making a bubble.|
Puffins are found in the northern Pacific Ocean and Bearing Sea and spend six to eight months living in the water and come back to land usually only to bread.
|Ethan in the playground.|
|Allison and the rest of the kids playing on one of the many statues at the zoo.|
|Ethan, Christian, Ian, Courtney, and Molly at the bear.|
Some of the kids and parents did not make it, but don't worry, we got a full refund for their tickets, so it was not a total loss.
Poor, poor Ian was the first victim to be eaten by a dinosaur. Tia jumped on the T-Rex's back to try and stop it, but it was just too big and strong. Last thing we heard Ian say was, "Ouch!"
|Ian getting eaten by a dinosaur!|
|Parasaurolophus eggs and babies.|
|Quetzalcoatlus with it massive wing span.|
Sometimes you just have to take one for the team and that is exactly what Tia did. Actually she tripped and fell, but her sacrifice will not be forgotten.
|Deltadromeus who had Tia as a snack.|
Luckily for us, they heard all of the commotion by the Deltadromeus with Tia and went to investigate, which gave us a window of opportunity to escape.
|Pack of Coelophysus on the hunt.|
|A Coelophysus up close and personal.|
|Acrocanthosaurus ready to eat!|
|Dieing Triceratops that saved us from the hungry Acrocanthosaurus.|
|Misty and Chloe becoming a meal for the Giganotosaurus. Courtney escapes by using her umbrella as a distraction.|
|Ethan digging for fossils.|
|Some bones and a tooth was found.|
|Jenny, Kelsey, and Christian Gloade taking a break while Ethan takes a nap.|
While taking a break, Courtney had an unexpected visit by a snake.
|Courtney and her snake.|
|Courtney traumatized by a snake.|
|A male and female lion.|
|Picture of a zebra and giraffe without zoom from an iPhone 5.|
|Zebra and giraffe picture from an iPhone 5 zoomed in.|
Also, there were no real injuries or fatalities while we visited the zoo either. I made it all up just for the fun of it. You know I should not have to put such a disclaimer, but probably should, just in case.
We had a wonderful time with the Gloade family at the zoo and can not wait until we get together again on some other adventure.
We are truly blessed and know that God had a hand in us meeting the Gloade family during our time in North Carolina.
God also has a hand in your life too, so just listen and let Him guide you. God bless!
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