Pandas & Owls & Gorillas, Oh my!

We went to the zoo yesterday! Les has been gone so much lately that with this 3 day weekend, we decided to do something fun. Lydia is so into animals right now, we’d knew she’d love the zoo. Plus, Mei Lan, the baby panda turns 1 this week! And since pandas are my special animal, we had to go! (Amanda Panda, get it?)

I haven’t been to Zoo Atlanta in forever. It’s actually a very nice zoo. The animals aren’t just in cages, there’s lots of foliage and a natural habitat look. When we first got there we went straight to the panda area. As we turned the corner and I saw the daddy panda, Yang Yang, I think I got tears in my eyes. Is that ridiculous? He was walking around and just amazing. He’s so big! The mama panda, Lun Lun and Mei Lan don’t live with the dad. They were both napping and I didn’t get any pictures of them. I just think they are beautiful. Lydia was really into it. She actually kept signing “bear” and “mouse”. I don’t know why! (If you’re really interested, you can see the live panda cam here. I wish you could see Mei Lan right now, she’s playing on a branch!)

As we were walking around we saw one of the zookeepers with an owl. It was beautiful. Yes, I just said an owl was beautiful. But really, it was. He had feathers all over his legs, and eyelashes and even different color eyelids. Lydia was fascinated by him. Then we went and saw him in the bird show. Lydia signed “bird” the whole time!

The gorillas were also amazing. They have a huge area to live so you can view them from several different locations. One is a building with a huge glass window. We could see the whole family playing. Lots of grown-up gorillas carrying their little babies around. Then the little babies playing with each other, even clapping! It was awe inspiring. Of course, every one else was so intrigued they wouldn’t move. So, I didn’t get a very good picture.

I am just continually amazed at God’s creation. Watching these animals and seeing their beauty is overwhelming. I told Les I can see why people become scientists. Imagine getting to learn and understand how these animals behave! Well, I wouldn’t want to live with gorillas, but I can see why people are fascinated by them!

There is nothing better than being surround by God’s awesome creation and hanging out with your family. I know Lydia had a fun time!

(Lydia stood here and said “cheese”. We did not have our camera out. She just decided this would be a good photo op. This is her…uhm…cheesey smile.)

(I’m sorry these pictures are so jacked up…just a little user error until I figure out how to use this template…)


  1. Looks like fun!! Evan loved the zoo too & I LOVE that ‘cheese’ photo!!

  2. I get it, I have an amanda panda here too! Funny!
    Love Lydia’s cheesy smile :) & love that you said jacked up LOL!!!

  3. Great photos!! I have never been to the Atlanta Zoo. We only live about 3 hours away so we should go sometime.

  4. Were taking Ashlynn next week for her birthday!!

  5. The zoo is so much fun! We went earlier this year and I too was amazed by the gorillas! I could have sat and watched them for hours.

  6. I’m so glad you guys had a great time! I love the zoo, too.

  7. I love every picture- esp Lydia’s photo op! The Atlanta Zoo is very nice and worth a visit!

  8. The cheesy smile . . . I could look at that ALL day long. She is such a beautiful sight, a.

  9. Nora loves the zoo! I am glad you guys went! Lydia is so funny with her big smile!

  10. What great pics! We’ll have to make our way over there. BTW, I love her cheesy smile!

  11. I so love the zoo and I love, love all animals. It looks like you guys had a great time!

  12. Oh my! Alina makes the same face when she sees the camera. I had to laugh when I saw this adorable pic of Lydia doing the same. What a cutie pie!

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