This weekend, we went visited the Dallas Zoo! We spent the morning there, and the weather was just perfect. It was just cool enough that we were able to see a lot of animals. Many of them were  even active and playing!

Our first stop was to see the new baby giraffe, born just this past July 4! It’s amazing to see how quickly giraffes learn to walk, and it was adorable how the baby, yet unnamed, followed its mother, Chrystal, around. My daughters got a real kick out of how tall the giraffes were. They even got to feed some!

We also had a good time checking out the zoo’s four-year-old lioness, Bahati, and two of her one-year-old cubs, Ilola  and Tadala. Once again, we were floored by how big the cubs were. Our one year old is still tiny by comparison! The lion handlers gave a demonstration showing us a common medical exam on Bahati. It was amazing how well behaved she was.

The next stop had to be the tiger habitat. (Our oldest was adamant!) So we trekked across the zoo on a tiger hunt! Once we arrived, spotting the tiger was an exercise in patience. Tigers are solitary creatures, so the Dallas Zoo only lets one of their tigers in the exhibit at a time. Today, we saw Melati. After walking around the habitat, we made our way into the viewing platform. After a few minutes, we finally saw the magnificent Sumatran tiger.

We rounded out the visit by enjoying watching some of the primates play and jump around their trees. My oldest daughter has been obsessed with gibbon monkeys, so she was excited to see them up close.

On the way out, we stopped by the Galapagos tortoises. These are some large reptiles, and they walk just as slow as you might imagine. Some of them were standing so still that they looked like statues!

 

 

Tips for your trip to the Dallas Zoo and Other Outdoor Outings

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If you plan to visit the Dallas Zoo, or any activity that involves a lot of walking, here are some things that made our visit very pleasant:

    •  Bring a good wagon with some shade

      We have one of these, and it was a life saver! We didn’t need to worry about any children lagging behind or running ahead. The kids went right along with us everywhere they went, and they got a nice shaded seat to ride in style. This wagon is easy to fold and fits nicely in the trunk. It also unfolds quickly, and the canopy is easy to put up.  You can also unzip one side and engage the brakes to turn it into a handy bench. The cup holders and extra storage pocket are extra useful to help keep your hands free for taking pictures and snacking. It’s also a great way to carry a small cooler to keep your drinks cold! My favorite feature is the flexibility to push or pull the wagon. It makes traversing uneven or steep paths much easier.
    • Insulated grocery bags

      If you want to pack relatively light but still have space to store drinks and snacks, these bags are great! They fit nicely in a wagon without taking up too much space. These are also handy for grocery runs (obviously) when you don’t know how long you will be out, especially in Texas. These bags come in multiple sizes, so you have some options depending on your needs.
    • Ice Packs

      These ice packs are great for any cooler or insulated bag. They stay cold for a long time, and keep your snacks and drinks dry too!
    • Sun Screen

      Since you’ll be out in the sun, you definitely need to bring extra sunscreen to reapply throughout the day. Our pediatrician recommended this brand, and we haven’t had issues with it yet. Obviously, check the ingredients for allergies, if that is a concern. We do love this brand though. We even make sure our kids’ daycare has a couple bottles on hand for when they get to play outside.
    • Portable Fan

      This is another great way to keep the kids cool when you’re outside. It’s easy to position and attach this around a stroller, wagon, or backpack. You can also set it up anywhere you decide to set down for a break. One of the nicest features is that it’s rechargeable with USB. Plug it in the night before your trip, and it should last long enough for most day trips. If you’re worried battery life, you can always bring along a power bank to plug it into.
    • Power Bank

      Speaking of power banks, it’s a good idea to bring one along to keep your other devices charged as well. If you want to use your phone to take pictures or video of your outings, then you can do so without worrying about power. Just bring one or two of these backup power banks. We particularly like this brand, but there are many highly rated brands for power banks. Pick one that suits your needs and bring it along. Trust us, it’s a life saver!

     

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