San Francisco microclimates are no joke.
|A family of Monarch butterflies.|
One of the Niece's requests was to see the giraffes and zebras. Lucky for us the SF Zoo houses them together in the African Savanna. They were grazing a bit towards the back of their space, so she didn't see them when we first approached, but eventually she spotted them. They can tried to hide all they want but they're not exactly the most camouflaged of animals.
Before leaving the zoo, we visit the Family Farm where you can get up close with donkeys, pigs, and horses, and brush and feed the goats and sheep. Those goats know people have food, too, and they are not afraid to walk right up and give a little nudge to get your attention. These two nanny goats were the least aggressive of the bunch and were perfectly happy sitting still while the Little Human in the Red Coat shove handfuls of food in front of their faces. The white one on the left loved getting some little scratches behind the ears, too.
"George the Monkey! Zebras! Giraffe! Sea Lion! Penguins! POLAR BEAR!"
She wanted to tell Mr. Polar Bear alllllllll about her day at the zoo and she was not wasting a second with him. Luckily, the crowd of other kids waiting for their turn to get a photo with the bear thought it was funny, too. She wouldn't get close enough to hug the bear (it's good to know she has at least a tiny bit of fear when approaching bears....) but she did request a "high five, polar bear!" If it wasn't the highlight of the day for her, it definitely was for us. I've never seen someone so excited about a guy in a white bear suit before.
My niece obviously stole the show when it came to camera time but if you want to see more of the actual animals, check out this post from our last visit to the San Francisco Zoo. Or check out the zoo for yourself next time you're in town - just be sure to bring a jacket!