My family and I love the Dallas Zoo. We have visited many times, and every time we go we fall in love a little bit more with the zoo and everything it has to offer. But this last time we visited, our zoo experience reached an entirely different level of awesome. To be honest, I am *still* smiling from this experience.
We got to hang out with the zoo’s Galapagos Tortoises, and it was the coolest thing ever.
Last weekend, the Dallas Zoo hosted some Dallas bloggers and I was lucky enough to be included. I took my youngest, who is five, and my mother-in-law. We sunscreened up, put on our walking shoes, and headed into Dallas.
“I’m SO excited!” Claire said from the back seat. “I just LOVE nature and animals!”
She had reason to be excited. Not only did we get to feed giraffes, ride the tram, sit next to some lions at lunchtime, and get up close and personal with lots of fun animals, like a lesser anteater (that Clare got to feed!), but we also got to play with giant tortoises.
The highlight for me was definitely getting to hang out with the tortoises.
Tortoises, as it turns out, are extremely social and curious creatures. Much more interactive than I expected, they kind of reminded me of being around a bunch of friendly dogs looking for a treat (a slightly slower, wiser version of a dog, perhaps).
We spent most of our time hanging with Nancy and Twelve, who both loved being around people. Having an ancient-looking creature look you in the eye and stretch his neck out to be rubbed is something else, y’all.
Cool tortoise fact: they love bright colors. They were swarming around Claire trying to get to her hot pink skirt (I’m pretty sure they wanted to eat it).
The tortoises aren’t currently available for regular tours/tortoise experiences, but you can still get awful close to them when you visit. And I hope if you do, you’ll think about how COOL they are!
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