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Monday, June 9, 2008

Hogle Zoo

We went today to the Hogle Zoo with Heather, Taylar, Aurbey, Caitlyn, Aurbey's sister, Talon, and Jason. This was our third visit to a zoo (2nd to this one) and this was the first time Gilbert and Gwenith actually had fun there and got excited about seeing the animals.

When we first got there there is this big ball on water. When Gilbert saw it he ran over there and started to play around with it. Gilbert was in
heaven, it was was his favorite things.

We then went to see the white alligator. The zoo advertise it as the "Ghost of the Bayou". It is a rare white alligator from New Orleans. This alligator is not albino, he’s leucistic, and purely white in color with dazzling blue eyes. Eastern mythology says these creatures are symbols of extremely good luck. Legend has it that anyone gazing into the blue eyes of the rare white alligator will be blessed with good luck for the coming year, and prosperity will surely follow. There are only ten of these white gators in the entire world, It was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. But Talon and Jason loved it.

We then went to the elephants.

There is new attraction at the zoo. It is the Conservation Carousel. The attraction features 42 exotic and endangered animals, each beautifully hand carved in the style of an authentic carousel created in the early 1900s. Each hand painted carousel animal took artisans 30- to 40- hours from start to completion. In an attempt to raise awareness the Conservation Carousel is a tool to educate riders about animal species that are threatened or facing extinction. The carousel also sets an example of conservation because of its power source — solar panels that generate enough electricity to run the ride, making it emission-free.

We went and saw the other animals. We had a very good time.

Gwenith, Gilbert and Taylar loved the giraffes.

We ended our visit at the zoo with a train ride! Jason was upset because he wanted to sit in the very back but someone else was already there.