Our next adventure in Milwaukee was a trip to the Zoo. If you haven’t noticed from my post, I love animals, plants and bird watching. I don’t know a thing about any of it, but it doesn’t stop me from appreciating it when it comes along.
When I was in the first grade, my class took a field trip to the Atlanta Zoo. Mostly all I remember from that trip was Willie B.
The Dane and I have talked about that Zoo visit a few times, as well as his memories of visiting the Milwaukee Zoo on a similar field trip. One day, we googled it and found that the Milwaukee Zoo had penguins, which I’ve never seen in real life. I’m pretty sure that’s when he made up his mind that he would take me to see them.
We got to the Zoo fairly early, just as several buses of school kids arrived. The Dane and I watched as they unloaded. It was totally different from what it was like when I was that age going to the Zoo.
I remember that on our trip, we didn’t go by school bus, we went by Gray Hound. I even remember the boy I sat next to. His name was Hank. He and I have remained friends all these many years and we sometimes reminisce about that trip. He reminds me that I was afraid to go and see Willie B. I’m sure he is right as I was THAT kid that was afraid of big animals, even if they were in enclosures. I remember that Hank was a very sweet gentleman and held my hand.
This time, I vowed there would be none of that fear stuff and got all excited just like these kiddos running all around us on this visit.
By the way, that was another shock. On any field trip that we ever went on while I was in school, we lined up. I remember going every single place together in a line. We even memorized who was in front and behind us, so that if anyone went missing the teacher had backup, cuz they knew we were going to tell.
What we saw at the Zoo was nothing short of chaos. I have no idea how the teacher kept up with all those kids.
We visited the penguin exhibit as soon as we arrived. The one you see in the tank above is a Humboldt penguin. These penguins mate for life and can swim up to 20 miles per hour. They do zip around in there and they are great fun to watch.
We saw Elephants, Big Cats, and all manner of birds in the Aviary. The portion of the Zoo that housed the apes made me a bit sad. Their eyes are very human-like and they seemed very sad. The portion housing the Big Cats brought back old fears as children were standing along the glass and just on the other side a Lion paced back and forth. While this may be safe, it didn’t give me good vibes. I kept wondering how these children would respond if they came across a big cat in the wild, would they think it was ok to get this near it? Maybe I don’t give the children enough credit. It’s been a long time since I was that age.
All in all, I had a great time at the Zoo. We didn’t get all the way around as we were on a schedule for our niece’s wedding. Next time, I’ll have to go back to see the polar bear.
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