Aurora Park Zoo (Parque Zoologico la Aurora) – Guatemala CityPosted by Kim
After two fairly intense days in the jungle, and with a volcano climb ahead of us tomorrow, we decided to make today a light one. We relaxed at the hotel most of the day, then headed downtown to the Aurora Park Zoo, Guatemala’s national zoo and the most attractively set-up one Fred and I have ever seen.
Guess it helps not to have a Fall and Winter like we do at home. Everything is especially lush since it’s the rainy season right now. But even aside from that, the zoo is meant to look like a natural habitat and does a remarkably good job, tucked right up against the international airport like it is!
Today’s Animal Highlights
THERE’S our jaguar! Minus a chunk of tail??
Bet you never knew you cared about how an ostrich sits… we didn’t till today… but how funny!
The lions may have their own opinion of the place but this scene reminded me of the Garden of Eden or something akin.
We mentioned waking up to Howler Monkeys at Tikal. But there, they were all up in the trees. Here’s one up-close. And watch the video for a little sample of how he sounds up close. Multiply that by about a dozen and you get the idea of the jungle noise in Petén.
Our Favorite Signs of the Day
Based on the looks we were getting today, this is probably where we’re thought to belong: Hotel Gringo Perdido – “the lost Gringo hotel.”
It took us a minute to realize that “Inseparable” is Spanish for “Lovebirds” – which were in the cage above the sign. For a bit there, it looked like the zoo was taking a firm stance on the tight physical link between butterflies, Pepsi, and birds’ nests. Yeah, yeah… we know… “back to the aforementioned hotel with us!”
Then and Now – 2007/2010 Parque Zoologico La Aurora Family Trips
And, as usual, I grabbed a few more shots today that paralleled those from our last time here.
Bear – I knew the boys had grown, but his total height then is just above waist height now! (Thank you, The Fence, for giving me a measure!)
José – was nicely contained in a stroller last time. Not so this time; he was all over the place. Nary a single face shot!
Monkey-watching with Papá