Lions and Tigers and Grandkids, Oh My!

The Cincinnati Zoo, founded in 1873 and officially opened in 1875, is the second oldest Zoo in the United States and rated as one of the best in the United States.

The lovely Robin and I last visited the zoo more than twenty years ago when our children were preschoolers, so it was that much more of a blessing to spend an afternoon at the zoo last week with our daughter, son-in-law, THREE grandchildren, and our granddaughter Calleigh's other Grandma, great-aunt, and cousin Emma.

The Zoo was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 due to its significant architecture featured in the Elephant House, the Reptile House, and the Passenger Pigeon Memorial. The Zoo’s Reptile House is the oldest existing Zoo building in the country, dating from 1875. Miles was fascinated to go almost nose-to-nose with a Monitor lizard.

Mia was not feeling well that particular afternoon, but she was a trooper; here she slept in her Mimi's arms while we all enjoyed the lunch we packed for the day.

The white tigers were out, and, below, Calleigh (with her daddy) got to see a very rhinocerousy rhinocerous. Maybe the most rhinocerousy of all rhinoceri.

A meerkat did his shtick for us in the Cat House (above), and Calleigh was mesmerized by a pacing ocelot (if I remember right; coulda been an ocenotsomuch).

And, though there was MUCH we never got around to (we never even set foot in the Children's Zoo, for example!), we topped off the day with a ride on the Safari Train, which made Miles one happy camper.

I'm so glad we were able to share this memorable afternoon together. And I hope the animals remember us forever.

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