We also had the chance to go to the Brookfield Zoo. A good buddy of mine all the way back from my externship at a certain Hammond agency gave us tickets to the zoo. Kudos to him, especially with the whole job situation.
As you can probably tell from my blog entries about the Gatormen, I'm a big reptile fan. Accordingly, my visit to the zoo was focused on seeing the alligators, crocodiles, turtles, snakes and lizards that I love. Sadly there were no big gators or crocs at the Brookfield Zoo, only smaller breeds like Orinoco Crocodiles. And those Orinoco Crocs were found in the Swamp, an American-themed exhibit where our friends, the American Alligators should have been living!!!
|Nope... No Gators here!!!|
|But there are Orinoco Crocodiles present!!!|
|A nice Mata-mata specimen|
|King of the turtles, the Alligator Snapper!!!|
|These guys were running all around in the Swamp, perhaps the inhabitants' dinner?|
|Sweet, sweet Mold-A-Rama... These guys are two bucks now!!!|
|That's right I'm two dollars now, four times the amount I was in the 1980's!!!|
|Treasure can be found behind the windows in the Reptiles and Birds House.|
|Juvenile Galapagos Tortoises|
|This Green Tree Snake was one of the most active snakes I've ever seen!|
|I'm not going to tell you what these two Collared Lizards were doing before I snapped the pic. The look on the face of the right one tells it all.|
|A beautiful Caiman Lizard|
|Not sure about this guy, a Chuckwalla?|
I later read on the internet that the African jungle exhibit has a few of a smaller breed of Africa crocodiles. I'll visit there next time. All and all I was impressed with the selection of reptiles at the Brookfield Zoo.
There's much more than reptiles there of course, so I recommend that you make it out to Brookfield if you live in the Chicago area. In particular, the primate facility, Tropic World Africa and Asia, as shown below, is impressive (and air-conditioned).