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A very quick visit to the National Zoo, Washington, DC


By Raquel


I love the National Zoo. I love the fact that it’s free and that it looks like a park, full of shade and big trees. I love that it has lots of different trails, so you get exercise as well as seeing the animals. I didn’t get much of a chance to go during my visit (you have to go early, otherwise it gets too hot and you miss the animals because they go in their caves, burrows, etc.) but on my last day I managed to take the metro to Woodley Park and hike it up to the zoo, and spend 30 minutes there. Yup, thirty minutes! Just enough time to go on the Asia trail and see the elephants and panda bears (I LOVE panda bears!!). The trail is also nice as it has lots of bamboo onthe sides, sometimes forming a canopy that you walk below. Anyway, here are a few snapshots of the zoo:

Two great lions guard the entrance to the zoo:

A beautiful mural by the Visitor’s Center:

Tha Asia Trail map:

A Japanese maple:

Panda bear! At first I only saw the tail:

Then the bear turned sideways and sat down to cool off in the water!

I was very lucky to get these shots!

I also saw the new elephant enclosure, the outside is done but the Elephant House is still under renovation:

I think the young elephant is separated fromt he females, which is why he’s in a different enclosure. These are two females in the other side of the elephant area:

Bamboo canopy:

Signs, everywhere there’s signs:

This trail leads to the Bird House:

Main zoo trail:

And then it was time to rush back and get to BWI (Baltimore Washington International Airport) on time for my flight back to Houston. Only to find out my plane had a 2 hour delay!

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what a lovey day trip , thanks for the tour round a place I never likely to visit myself.. Looks a perfect place to while away a few hours and how good it is that it's free.. Hope you had a good trip home..

27 Jun, 2011


Thank you for your comments and for reading/looking at my blog! The trip was good, just a bit late...they did give us food vouchers so at least dinner was free...=)

29 Jun, 2011

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