a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zoo

A/Z - have you learned more about me?

Z- Zoo



There is a small zoo here in Prescott.  They actually call it an animal sanctuary though it is listed here on the sign as Heritage Park Zoo.  The majority of the animals there have been rescued from different unsafe conditions, like a fox from a pool, a bear that its mother had been accidentally shot, etc.  

Its a small zoo, but tastefully done with the enclosures.  

When we went, we were around the time of bear feeding so we stopped by and watched it.  There were two bears that were fed (separate enclosures). One was an older bear, had been at the zoo for 21 years (its mother was the one shot).  As he is aging and harder for him to move around, they keep his food in couple different areas so he knows where it is when they put it out for him and he goes right for it.  The keeper said bears have a sweet tooth and that was true because that bear went straight for the grapes and ate them first.  He also ate salmon, cod, carrots, dry dog food, cantaloupe, and avocado.

The second bear was another black bear but about 3 years old.  Because he could easily get around his enclosure, they would stage his food at different places so he had to go and search for them.  It was fun to watch him when he was allowed back into his enclosure (obviously he is put in a holding cell while the keepers are in the actual enclosure), he would lift his face and you could see him sniffing, figuring out where his food was.  You could also tell that both bears were well aware of when it was feeding time by when the golf cart arrived at their enclosures and they did recognize the voices of the keepers bringing the food.  The younger bear was a bit spirited and wouldn't go into his holding cell willingly when the keeper was trying to get him into it.  The keeper "threatened" to leave if he didn't go and shortly after that, he did go into the cell.  

The zoo also does special events through the year, Easter egg hunt, lights at the holiday, breakfast with animals.

Enjoyable time.

Is there a zoo where you live?

(I can't believe the A/Z challenge is over! This month went by so fast! I'm not doing a reflections post next week, but here's my thoughts about the challenge:
1. Totally enjoyed being a helper this year. Thanks Stephen.
2. Totally enjoyed visiting new blogs and reading a variety of topics.
3.  Felt a little overwhelmed with it all but that's only because of mandatory overtime at work (still on it).
4. Still had trouble commenting on some blogs, especially Google Plus ones. If it took me too long to figure out how to leave a comment, I would just move on.
5. Looking forward to it next year and I even think I have a theme already.
6.  Now I'm going back to my regular blogging pattern of posting every 7-10 days, but reading blogs every day.

Thanks everyone; I had so much fun and I learned so much about you all as you answered my questions).

73 comments:

Claire Annette said...

Hi Betty,
I've enjoyed your posts and view from your bench. I look forward to keeping tabs on you in the future.
Yes, we do have a zoo near but I haven't been since my children were young. They even went to zoo camp. I guess it is time for a visit.

Eileen T said...

The nearest zoo is in Bristol which is about 30 miles away. We also have a Nature Centre in the next village (about two miles away) which is really for children and has goats, sheep, rabbits etc. Then about 9 miles away there is Longleat stately home and its safari park with lions, wolves, monkey, hippos, buffalo, gorillas, giraffes etc.

I've enjoyed all your A to Z posts and the opportunity to learn more about you. I'll definitely continue to visit your blog.

Greenpatches said...

Congratulations on finishing challenge. I wonder how many of us chose 'zoo' for our last post.

We don't have a zoo near us, although there is a wolf sanctuary not too far away.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

We have Howlett's wild animal park just up the road. They breed endangered species including many primates and elephants. It's a huge park and we have an annual pass.
Thanks for a wonderful AtoZ - it's been so much fun visiting your blog and seeing your visits back :).
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Lynn Proctor said...

Love the info on bears - Robyn and I spent 6 wk studying bears-we have a pretty nice zoo close to us-I haven't been in some time- yes I am kinda sad the challenge is over-I did learn more about you Betty and that was fun- great job :)

Mildred said...

Fun to follow along your A-Z. Enjoy your day.

Wendy said...

We have a zoo nearby in Norfolk. It used to be pretty bad but there have been lots of improvements and additions in recent years. It's not anything like the zoos in Baltimore or San Diego, no, much smaller but still worth a visit.

I've enjoyed getting to know you better through AtoZ. Congratulations on surviving!

Bijoux said...

I live in between two zoos, both a half hour away. I think there are five zoos in our state and they are all very popular.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I didn't catch all of your entries, but really enjoyed the ones I did catch. I've never been much of a zoo person. Maybe it's the idea of the animals in cages. I really don't know. But at least this one is serving an important purpose, helping animals that would have trouble surviving if left on their own.
~ We made it!!! ~
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Jacquelineand.... said...

Our closest zoo is 60+ miles away, in Indianapolis. We do have the Exotic Feline Rescue Center just a few miles from us. I haven't been, it's 20 acres with only gravel paths and I can't do that, sadly.
I've enjoyed learning more about you, congrats on finishing and on helping with it!

lyndagrace said...

Hi Betty,
I’m going to miss the discipline of blogging everyday.
I needed that. I hope I can stick to some kind of routine.
We have a rescue zoo in our area. It’s call the Pop-corn Zoo. You can buy a bag of popcorn at the gate to feed to the animals. The kids love it!

Maria Zannini said...

I love going to zoos but I no longer live anywhere near one.

Of course, it could be said I have my own wild zoo now. :) The animals just get to come and go as they please.

Linda said...

Now I know your A-Z's! Two zoos locally, daughter married at one, probably last one by dolphins as that exhibit has changed.

Glad it was fun for you, too, especially with OT. Sometimes I had to come back several times- seeing only text(your site busy/too popular or problem at my end) but wanted to see photos before making my comments. Enjoy a more leisurely May!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

We have a large zoo to visit that's not too far away. I have fond memories of taking my children there when they were little and now they take theirs. Enjoyed all your A-Z posts. You did a great job of it all !

Intense Guy said...

There is a beautiful little zoo down the road from me.

http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/meet-the-animals.php

And of course the Philadelphia Zoo, the nations oldest.

But my favorite zoo is the San Diego Zoo!

jack69 said...

We do not have a Zoo close by. In our younger travels the Zoo was one of the top interests. Strange how that has changed. Maybe we should get back to it.
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we enjoyed every post and it is good to get to know more about our friends onthe net.
Love from Nortrh Carolina.

Chrys Fey said...

In my area there's a good zoo...The Brevard Zoo in Florida. I love to go there whenever I can. :)

Congratulations on making it to Z! I am so happy we were on the same team. Otherwise, I might not have found you or your blog.

Stephanie Faris said...

Being a helper did make the experience different. It made me realize just how many people don't make it to Z. A LOT! Seemed L-Q was where most people gave up.

Yes, we have a zoo here. I love being out there among nature. It would be perfect if it weren't for the stench!

Stephen Tremp said...

Betty, you were a great helper this year! Thanks for your faithfulness. It makes a difference, especially to new bloggers signing up for A to Z.

And we love zoos. Soon they will be he only place for certain animals to live.

Ruth said...

My area is too small for a zoo. But Des Moines has a small one.
Sounds like a nice zoo.

Sandy said...

We have a zoo, one of the best in the country thanks to Jack Hanna, but I'm not much into animals so we only go every couple of years. Share your frustration with google+ and even though I ask on the blog in the comment section for people to leave the url to their blog, not their profile page it didn't help much. It's very difficult when you can't even find the blog on their profile page, but all the comments they've left on other blogs, so unless I found it quickly, I moved on. Once found, I used it for the blog log which helped tremendously. I also passed by all those you had to sign in as facebook or twitter or "join" to leave comments.

Congrats on finishing, look forward to staying in touch once the challenge is over. I generally still blog daily, though sometimes I ran out of donations to blog about etc.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love going to the zoo, and feeding time is the best. I love how the animals know when it's time to eat.

SENCO Cat Herder said...

So pleased to meet you finally, Betty as I have noticed your name on comments on several of the other blogs I have visited over the space of this challenge & knew we would probably have some similar interests. It's been an absolutely great challenge and I have thoroughly enjoyed every day of it :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

Pat Hatt said...

lol threaten a bear with no food and they do what you like, good thing to know. No zoos here.

Elizabeth said...

There are a lot of great zoos in Arizona, I remember at least 3 my family visited regularly when I was a kid. Here in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Zoo is really nice. We got to have a behind the scenes tour one time, and watched the bears digging out food that had been frozen in ice.
Congrats on finishing the challenge, it's been fun reading your posts!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Your posts have been a lot of fun. I've learned a lot about your part of the country. I live near Hershey Park and they have a small zoo with rescued animals.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

We don't have a zoo in the shoals, but we have several near us, in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Birmingham. I do love zoos.

This A-Z challenge flew by!

The Google Plus thing...I am not a fan. I'm not sure how, when I click on a commenter's name, I end up on google instead of blogger. Like you, if it takes to long, I have to move on.

Great job, Betty!

EcoCatLady said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge!

I love seeing the animals but always feel bad about them being kept in captivity. Makes me feel better when they're there because they've been rescued. :-)

Kate Brainerd said...

I'm happy that you finished this whole A-Z activity! Way to follow through! ANd it was an excellent peek into your new life in your new surroundings.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Congratulations on completing another A-Z challenge. I loved your theme this year and it gave me a insight to life in a desert town. We have a zoo nearby and it is a pretty good zoo. It isn't huge but it has most of the animals you would hope to see. My favourite would be the Red Panda since we never had those in Aussie zoos. I also like to see the bears but we don't have them at the local zoo and have to go a few hours up the road to the National Zoo in DC to see them.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Keith's ramblings said...

It's been fascinating sharing your bench. The challenge has been great fun and I can't thank you enough for your visits to my blog. I can't believe I've posted my last one (and my best one!)

Keith's Ramblings

Naqvee said...

26 alphabets over, and you have told a lot thoroughly about your likes and tastes!
What a month isn't it? It must have become a habit now! Let me know if it has or has not!

Zoo is one of my weakness.I wish to visit the Oakland Zoo soon.
Love Naqvee

J E Oneil said...

That sounds like a nice place. I always like reading about good places that care for animals like that. Sanctuaries are definitely better than just plain zoos.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I know that is nothing compared to the zoo you left in CA. We have a so so one here.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like a nice place to visit. I grew up by the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. I haven't spent much time at the L.A. Zoo, can't even remember if I have been there but I love the San Diego Zoo.

Jo said...

Enjoyed your A to Z posts and glad you found yourself able to go right to the end.

See you around.

Liz A. said...

I'm pretty sure there are zoos nearby, but I haven't been. I've only been to the one in San Diego.

Jeff Bushman said...

We have a little zoo next city up. Haven't been since the kids were tots. I pretty much have my own zoo now with 2 dogs, 1 cat a cockatiel and 8 chickens. Not to mention the various wildlife that lives in my backyard and sometimes on my deck (getting into the grill).

It has been a great challenge Betty.
Thanks for all the posts.

Bushman
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@jwb81074


yaya said...

When my son lived in South Carolina we would visit the small zoo near them. We have a small zoo in Akron, Ohio. It's located in a not so nice part of town and it's weird to have it near a neighborhood. But it's a nice zoo and fun to visit. Our youth group used to do Spring cleanup there every year. It's grown a bit and now they have professional cleaners I guess! We live between Cleveland and Columbus which both have nice zoos..Toledo does too. I lived near Brookfield zoo in Chicago growing up. I do enjoy a nice walk through the zoo! Congrats on the challenge..you did awesome!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Oh, I love that the animals were all rescued from dangerous situations. And it sounds like this place does a great job with keeping them well cared for. It's been great learning more about you!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Aw, Betty, that view has got me wanting a bench of my own! It was a pleasure meeting you, and now thayt I'm following, I can catch everything you throw at us!!!

I think I'm gonna have a piece of chicken and go to bed now (smile). Congratulations on finishing, yay!

SweetMarie said...

that sounds like a wonderful place for rescued animals. these are the kind of places that I will donate money. someone has to care for the animals. I don't understand how some people can believe animals aren't needed. we are all for a reason.
I've enjoyed all your posts. :)
hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mevely317 said...

Watching the bears had to have been enjoyable!

I think it would be such fun to work with wild animals. (If I had my life to live over ….)

Birgit said...

That is so nice that they rescue animals. I love that. We have Happy Rolf farm which has mostly farm animals and birds for the little kids. There is a zoo about 40 min away near Fort Erie, Ontario that has a whole bunch of animals. There is African Lion Safari about 2 hrs away and the Toronto Zoo. Congrats on finishing!

Sunni said...

Betty,

We don't have a zoo here in the desert where I live, but they had a huge one in San Diego where I moved from.

I enjoyed reading your posts about your life adventures where you're living now.

I also have trouble posting on the Google+ blogs. It's my understanding that you have to join Google+ to post on them and I don't want to do that. If I couldn't find a way around that, I didn't comment on those either.

I'm already looking forward to doing this again next year.

Congrats on finishing and thanks for visiting me.

Sunni

http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Paula Kaye said...

Yes, I learned so much more about you than I knew before. I will miss coming to see what you are up to everyday. I think I have my theme for next year too. And now to plan ahead!!

TARYTERRE said...

This was a great challenge and you did a wonderful job. I love zoo's. Though there are none nearby me. Yours sounds like the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

jaybird said...

Funny how we both highlighted rescue zoos. Nice way to finish out this A-Z. I am thankful this is over, they don't call it a challenge for no reason. Great to know you through A-Z.

Marian Allen said...

We have a terrific zoo in Louisville, just across the river. It's been some years since I was last there; it's an all-day adventure. :)

susie said...

Hey I am comment 50! Congrats on finishing! There is a zoo in South Bend
(not really that close) that has prairie dogs. They are too cute.

Nick Wilford said...

The bears sound like great characters. Congrats on finishing the Challenge - see you next year!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Just catching up on blogs. I've really enjoyed this series of posts. We don't have a zoo within my area but there is one a couple of hours away that we have visited.

Hollie said...

The closet zoo here is in Atlanta! I haven't been since Colt was little, but I enjoyed going every time we went. Maybe we need to go soon!!

Blue Grumpster said...

I live nearby a zoo. Unlike, say, 40 years ago, I think many zoos are doing a good job, especially the ones that you wrote about.

Hey, nice to meet you :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge! Cincinnati and Cleveland both have good zoos. I used to visit them all the time with my kids. We have yet to visit the Atlanta zoo. It's on the list of things to do.

DMS said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge!

This sounds like my kind of zoo- a place for animals to live who are in need of help. :) It also sounds like they have a lot of space. The feeding time seems like it was fascinating to observe. Thanks for sharing!
~Jess

Lux G. said...

Good job on completing the challenge! Congrats. What's next? :)

LuAnn Braley said...

The closest zoo to us is in Louisville. There is an aquarium in Newport, but that's even farther away. Some of the family farms have like petting areas, etc. for schools/tours, etc.

When the cat is away said...

Oh, what a lovely blog you have!! I missed it on the A2Z challenge, and I'm glad you commented on my feedback post!

I love this kind of 'everyday luxury', a nice bench is sometimes all you need!

Rhonda Albom said...

Sounds like a cool Zoo, and lucky for your final post that they called it a zoo. We don't have bears in the Auckland Zoo.

J Hanna said...

The zoo looks fun to visit. I have not been to one in years.

SweetBraveHeart said...

Hi Betty! thanks for visiting my blog! i love the bench photo on your page, somehow i have a thing for Benches - it reminds me of the value of waiting and also enjoying the present while i sit on it watching my surrounding. congratulations on finishing this challenge too!

Tyne | lovetakestyne.com

Catherine Green said...

I love your photo with the bench, what a view! We actually live near to Chester Zoo in the North of England, and I got married at the house there 5 years ago! So it has extra special significance for my family. We took our two young children earlier this week for a day, and met my brother, his partner, and my baby niece there. It was a very special visit, time with family and a catch up with our animal friends...

Sandy said...

Popping back in to say hi, hope all is well and to thank you for your sweet supportive visits and comments.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

blogoratti said...

Haven't been to a zoo in ages, might as well do so in the nearest future, thanks for sharing!

Kathe W. said...

HI Betty- thanks for visiting my blog- just spent an enjoyable time going thru all your A-Z posts. Great job!
My sympathies to you and your husband for Koda- sounds like he was a lovely dog. Have a great day!

Linda said...

I have enjoyed getting to know you better. Thank you for introducing me to Arizona!

Our nearest zoo is 85 miles away in Duluth MN. It is a small community zoo.

I will definitely watch for your A-Z challenge next year!

Veronica Lee said...

The zoos over here are pathetic!

I had lots of fun getting to know you better, Betty!

melaniegobledvm said...

Many zoos in my life. Visited many and even did a veterinary preceptorship at one (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs). I may have to check this one out as I will be in Prescott, AZ the week of Memorial Day prior to my mission trip to the Navajo Nation in Chinle, AZ the first week of June. Blessings to you.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - the Heritage Zoo looks to be a great small zoo - and how interesting to see the bears being fed ...

I too am not happy with G+ .. but I do love the Challenge and meeting new friends .. sorry life generally got the better of me - and I'm catching up with friends who visited, but I suspect I failed to visit back ... or comment!

Mine wasn't overtime .. mine was over commitment! Take care - cheers Hilary

Random Musings said...

I think it's really interesting seeing what everyone chose for their letters! I run too if it's too hard to comment :)
Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
Debbie
www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

Entrepreneurial Goddess said...

Hello there Betty.
Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thanks for visiting me along the way too. I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

Entrepreneurial Goddess

Yvonne Van Dalen said...

Hi, catching up with the blogs from the challenge. Enjoyed your strike piece!! Maybe I should try that with 2 teenage boys! Drop by my blog when you get a change :)
http://yvonnevandalen.weebly.com/