Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Adventures with Catherine, The Taipei Zoo

Sunday was the second in our planned series of excursions together. We decided to stay close to home for this one because we wanted to catch a movie that night. We headed over to the Taipei Zoo at about 11:30. It's about a 30-45 minute subway trip to the southeastern part of the city. The weather was perfect. When we got to the gate, we were shocked to see the crowd, the place was packed. Wall-to-Wall kids. That's OK, part of the fun is seeing the little kid's reactions to the animals. Admission to the zoo is only about $2 American, a bargain. We took our time and enjoyed the tour. Before we knew it, it was nearly 5:00. We were both pretty hungry so we decided to head over to near the movie theater and grab some dinner. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story...

These guys are Formosan Macaque's. They are monkeys indigenous to Taiwan. We spent a lot of time just watching them interact. It's remarkable how social they are. It was like watching a reality TV show...lol.

Here are the macaques tending to each other. We watched one pick the bugs off the stomach of another and eat them...fascinating stuff...lol. They were very playful and seemed to feed off of the attention from the visitors.

Catherine looking cute, as usual. She had a lot of fun, except when we were looking at the snakes and lizards.

He just couldn't be bothered. It was pretty hot so I think he didn't feel much like entertaining.

An Asian elephant. Catherine told me that there are a lot of these in her country. This guy looks pretty old. The Asian elephants didn't seem quite as active as the African elephants that are pictured in a later shot. Quite a few kids were huddled around and in awe of every move by this guy.

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