I love going to zoos, and taking pictures of the animals. I know it's kind of lame to take pictures of animals in cages, but I like it anyway.
These turtles were in a pond outside the entrance. Apparently, everyone drops off their unwanted turtles here, and the place is being overrun.
One problem of taking pictures at this particular zoo is that all the animals are in the shade. But who can blame them?
The Phoenix Zoo is nice because it's just the right size. But it has a long way to go to catch up with some of the zoos I've been to recently, like St. Louis and Omaha.
Both the tiger and the lion were in fairly small enclosures.
But this little Andean bear (aka Spectacled Bear) had a huge complex all to himself. Apparently, he has a rich sponsor.
The Orangutans also have a brand new complex. This baby came out long enough to pick up some broccoli -
Then hightailed it back to the shade.
They had several giant tortoises from the Galapagos Islands. Not sure if I've ever seen them before.
This Rhinoceros was on medical watch. He doesn't look too good. Maybe he should move to the shade...
The California Condors were pretty unusual. They have a wingspan of 10 feet!
I just love the prairie dogs - soooo cute.
I got a glimpse of the Bighorn Sheep far in the distance. I probably could have walked up a steep hill to get closer, but isn't that what zoom lenses are for?
This unusual monkey is a Mandrill from Africa. His bright coloring helps him attract females.
But this little monkey was the funniest. He really wanted to interact with the kids on the other side of the glass. Wonder how much they pay him to pose?