Zoo Visit 2013

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During Martin Luther King Day, the brothers of Theta Chi and their friends went to the Henry Doorly Zoo for a fun-filled day of animal watching and hanging out. Our faculty adviser, Mrs. Knudtson, who teaches English at UNO as well as volunteers at the zoo; led us on this journey through the zoo. We started at the Cat Complex where we saw lions and tigers and some cute lion cubs. We learned that there is only one male lion that breeds at our zoo now and he has two lion wives.

Next, we arrived at the Hubbard Orangutang Forest where we saw a male orangutang with a massive face that reminded many of us of Jabba The Hutt. Also, there were a few baby orangutang that interacted with us behind their glass enclosure. They really love chewing on wrapping paper and playing with plastic crates. One thing I also noticed is that they are masters of parkour, since they are swinging and jumping from trees all the time.

Then we advanced to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, where we serenely observed the magnificent, aquatic creatures. We first were allowed to experience the texture of a starfish, which was bumpy and felt dry even through it was submerged in water. Next, we saw the penguins, who were as classy as always in their tuxedos. Some brothers went inside the viewing bubble that is built into the the penguin enclosure for viewing penguins, and a penguin attempted to attack them.

Thereafter, we marched on to behold the smaller fish and crabs that live in ocean reefs. We saw a crab that was the size of a house cat and many fish that can camouflage into their surroundings. It was astounding seeing all the fish, eels, sponges, etc. in the kaleidoscopic reefs.

After some time we went to what the aquarium is most known for, the 70 ft Shark Tunnel where I almost had the feeling of swimming with the sharks and other various sea creatures. It was like floating through a sea of dreams, and all my woes were left in some alternate dimension, which left my bodies breath calm and smooth. That tunnel has the perfect fusion of light and darkness that relaxes me.

Then we emerged from the tunnel and went on to view the jellyfish, which are dazzling creatures, whom almost seem as though they don’t have a care in the world. They gracefully glide with the ocean currents and their whole canopy body contorts to swim, which left me feeling tranquil.

Then we refueled at the Durham Treetops Restaurant; where most of us had burgers, chicken strips, fries, and such. We engaged in deep conversations, and delightfully gazed at the gibbons in the jungle gliding through the trees like albatrosses swiftly soaring over the peaceful ocean.

After our meal of kings we strolled to the Lied Jungle, which is one of my favorite places at the zoo. It reminds me of the house that turned into a jungle in the feature film “Jumanji”. I like it because some of the animals can utilize the whole building; animals such as squirrel monkeys, birds, and bats can fly and jump around the enclosed labyrinth. Another great thing about the Lied Jungle is that we were able to walk the first floor which gave me the feeling of being an explorer prospecting the wilderness.

After that walk, half of our group left the zoo, while the rest of us meandered to the Desert Dome where we witnessed hogs, desert deer, and foxes. Next, we went to the basement where the the animals of the night reside. This residence is called The Kingdom’s of the Night and it perpetuates the rationalization, that there is a loveliness in darkness. This is where many of the creatures of the night frolic.

After the Kingdoms of the Night, our group decided to part ways and go home. Living in the city, I almost forget about all the beauty that is in this world and the zoo reminds me of the elegant artistry of wildlife that the encompasses the Earth.