A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Toledo Zoo

A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Toldeo Zoo

I have to start out with a confession, I honestly didn’t really know if the Toledo Zoo could compare to my home zoo (Cincinnati Zoo) and I was pleasantly surprised that the Toledo Zoo exceeded my expectations. Our first visit to the Toledo Zoo began at the Aquarium with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Ron Fricke, deputy director of the Zoo.

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Get a Unique Perspective of Dolphins at the Indy Zoo

Get a Unique Perspective of Dolphins at the Indy Zoo

I LOVE dolphins! They have been my favorite animal ever since I was a little girl… but as a gal living in the Midwest, dolphins in their natural habitat are nowhere near. I was really excited when I learned that the Indianapolis Zoo had dolphins that you could see upclose.

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What’s new at John Ball Zoo

What's new at John Ball Zoo

We took an early morning tour to see some of the new changes at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids,MI.

The zoo has expanded it’s size by 50% and is currently in the mist of a 3 year plan to add new funicular, forest realm trail, bear and tiger exhibits.













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Fun with friends at the Cincinnati Zoo

As we were exiting the zoo entrance we watched our kids climb all over the rhino statues. My friend and I joked that why should kids be the only ones who get their pictures taken on the statues.  We paused for a second and then decided why not?

Recently my friends and I decided to bring our combined 10 kids to the zoo.

All of our kids are crazy together so we felt we would have no problems fitting in at the zoo.

“Don’t climb on that “”Don’t jump off of that” “Where is —–?””Don’t touch that” “Did he just eat that off the ground””——— smile for the picture” “Don’t pick the flowers!” were all common phrases during our zoo adventure.

Our kids were involved in a brief rumble on the playground, one was briefly lost in the zoo toy store and one was caught petting a peacock.

The tulips were absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to get a picture of the boys and I together with them in the background before we left. So I asked our friend who was the photographer to take the pics on my camera phone while our other two friends “watched” her three kids.

Meantime, while we were waiting for random strangers to get out of our background shot, her son was wondering closer and closer to the peacock eventually touching it.

Our friends who were watching the incident unfold kept on asking, “Whose kids is that?” and then were mortified by the answer “that’s Jack!!!!” Yep, the youngest boy in the bunch was our very own Dr. Doolittle.

No children or peacocks were harmed in the incident but a few tulips were uprooted due to little boys who like to give flowers to their mamas.

So as we exited the zoo we had our own MOMS GONE WILD experience as we helped hoist each other up onto the rhino statue. That was a funny site in itself. We even had a 5-month pregnant mom onboard. We created quite a spectacle as a crowd of people with children began watching this unfold. A few spectators even said this looks like moms gone wild.

We got the pictures we wanted together and thankfully the rhino didn’t gave in under our weight and no one’s zoo passes were revoked.

Want to change up your play dates? Check out your local zoo for an adventure http://www.localzoo.net/ or http://cincinnatizoo.org/