There are new 'attractions' at the entrance, like these metal statues that capture the heart and get you prepared for what's ahead. We saw the real items later in the afternoon.
The first exhibit we came to were a couple of hornbills - displaying signs of spring courtship.
In the same exhibit, watching very carefully, these deer-type critters seem almost mesmerized. The one in the back is one of the zoo's new babies.
Even Papa Bill had to get in on the act!
It was very gracious of this lady to spend so much time with us and the kids, explaining how the birds eat, answering all their questions, letting us invade her workspace and giving the birds extra treats to show the kids.
Across from the elephants were a couple Somali Wild Asses. They spent a lot of time chasing each other around their huge enclosure. They made me think of a cross between a long-ears and a zebra.
We had promised Asset that we would look for turtles, so we headed for the Tropical exhibit and made a quick run through. The little rays caused some fascination; they put on a show while the kids watched.
It was a very full, busy day; this was only a portion of the animals we saw. I guess we should go more often.