Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Monkey Butt than You Can Handle

The San Diego Zoo is running a special for the month of October: all kids under 11 are free! So, though San Diego is an hour-and-a-half away, we piled into the van and made the drive.

Once there, we visited the Children's Zoo, and the Reptile House. JBean was reluctant , but I walked her through it. She has a snake phobia, but a little bit of graduated desensitization is hopefully having her get over that. I had her walk through with Jordan, sort of on the outskirts, so that she could see from afar, but she didn't have to examine the snakes closely. I made sure she knew I was looking at them, and told her a bit about them. And finally, when there was a lizard, I brought her over to see it. She gained accomplishment, and confidence...I set her up to succeed.

I am convinced that is what parenting is...setting your child up to succeed...bit by bit.

She is at the age where the unknown is very scary, so every enclosure we approached, she had to be reassured that the animal was safe, it couldn't get her, and it was NOT NOT NOT a snake. Once she saw the animal, she relaxed and enjoyed watching it. The animals seemed to enjoy us, too. At every stop, I ended up with some great pictures. Almost like the animals were posing!

Ever the homeschooler, JBug brought a notebook and wrote down questions she wanted answers to so she could Google them once we came home. We still don't know why gorillas eat their own waste, though! No, I am not kidding!

When Mr. Mountain Lion saw the littlest one of our party...

mmmm, LUNCH, he seems to be saying as he sees her

"oh Koala Lou, I DO love you!"

"So, tell the doctor where it hurts..."

This is Calvin. He's 100 years old

The giraffe was THIS close!

The Zoo is constructing a new elephant habitat, to be opened in Spring of 2009..the animals will have more room

More Monkey Butt

T, who really loves the zoo (if it's the right one)

2 sent chocolate:

autismfamily said...

Nice pics of the San Diego Zoo. We have never been there. My son wants to go to the high School magnet at the LA Zoo, then volunteer and work there.

They are redoing the elephant section there too and this past week was a new discussion about stopping that work and having a sanctuary somewhere here in Los Angeles. We think that would be better, 3 acres for 10 elephants is not enough.

My son does not like the small enclosure area for the Jaguar either. They did away with the Reptile House and a new one is not for another year.

We plan on going next week, waiting for weather to cool down. my son is still sad that the Polar Bear died and they have no new ones. They do have two ocelots now and the african wild dogs plus the area between the tigers and the snow leopard is open, a bridge to walk around, so all the big cats are really close now.

moosh in indy. said...

I'm glad your trip went so well, that has to take a whole new form of patience that would leave me in the fetal position eating gorilla poo.
Thanks for letting us borrow your Koalas here at the Indy zoo for the summer, they were a big hit.

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