Each of these probably deserve their own post, but for now I will share some photos of Southwick's Zoo from our visit last week.
a kangaroo lounging about
Southwick's Zoo is privately owned and located in Mendon, MA. Some of the animals we saw included: lions, a tiger, kangaroos, camels, zebras, emu, flamingos, various primates, giraffes, rhinos, an alligator, peacocks, and macaws. At Southwick's there is also a tram train ride through the woods and we saw animals local to North America including elk, deer, swans, and turtles. They also had a goat petting area which was a hit with the kids, they wanted to go in twice.
C and a goat
May was a great time to visit, as it was much less busy than when the boys and I went with their grandparents 3 years ago in August. C was just a baby then and W was 4, so neither one remembered going there. They have several rides, including a skyfari sky ride which was fun, but I think the next time we will skip the added fee for train/sky rides and focus more on the animals, of whom there are plenty to see.
Each exhibit has a world map highlighting where the animals are from, and we pointed these out to W to identify the continents.
thankfully not the real lion ;)
W gave the skyfari a thumbs up
a posing peacock
a colorful mandrill