Back in May of this year, the Columbus Zoo opened their new attraction The Heart of Africa. And when I found out that you could ride camels, I told Rick we needed to add this to our Summer bucket list. Of course the first part of Summer was a little busy (wedding anyone??), so when my birthday came around and Rick asked me what I wanted to do, I told him I wanted to go to the zoo and ride a camel. So that is what we did. Because what wifey wants, wifey gets, right...ha!
Let me tell you when we got up near the camel rides I got a little nervous. I think I feared that I would be that silly girl that fell off the camel.
The camel ride was $7, lasted about 5 mins, and was kind of fun. The attendant told us a little about the camels at the zoo, including that these were both males, which were easier to handle than the female camels....hmmm. I believe he was about 8 years old, and they said these camels were owned by a private owner.
My camel's name was Goober, because he liked to make funny faces.
These were some of the younger camels near the camel ride entrance.
This was the perfect day to go to the zoo because it wasn't too hot, and the animals were actually in great view, and were pretty active. Many times we have gone to the zoo and the animals are either hiding, or snoozing.
Some of the other animals we saw included this polar bear who we caught scratching his back on this log.
A bear who walked right up to us like he was after us...crazy!
We totally missed out on feeding the giraffes, but caught the tail end and got some great views of them since they hadn't yet realized that feeding time was over.
Cute little cheetah, hanging out and totally enjoying all of the attention.
And this guy, very deep in thought. Maybe plotting to save the world, or possibly take over.
Overall a great birthday!