Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Asia Gardens

Yesterday Mom and Dad went to to the Jacksonville Zoo - WITHOUT us I might add. Mom said she couldn't take us as she would be scared they would fall in love with us and want to keep us there - hey - we could have have our own Cowspotdog exhibit :)  This was actually Mom and Dad's second visit (they are Zoo members so can go as many times as they want). Today they visited an area of the zoo called the Asia Gardens and spent 3 hours just wandering around this section. There was so many types of bamboo and Asian plants, a huge koi pond with HUGE koi in it and Sumatran Tigers - oh my! We would of loved to have barked as those big kitty cats :) The tigers have three separate areas that are interconnected with walkways that go above the paths people walk on - it was so cool. They also went to visit the very sad and tiny Australian Section - Mom was a bit disappointed with it - they only had 2 emu's, 3 kangaroos and 3 wallabies. Now one thing we must admit - even though Mom loves the zoo it does make her sad to see these wonderful animals  enclosed but she is also smart enough to know that for many of them this is the last chance for their survival - such as the pair of whooping cranes they have - there are only estimated to be 500 left in the wild so they are a part of huge breeding program. What Mom and us will NEVER understand though is why there are people who would want to kill any of these animals for sport - there is so much more joy to be had watching a living tiger moving and playing then there ever could be than seeing it as a rug on the floor :(

Entrance to the Asian Gardens - the Moon Gate
Giant Lily pads
The Bridge of Sighs
Flower of the giant lilies
Mr Frog sitting on the giant lily pad
Giant Koi
Warty Warthogs
Sumatran Tiger
Mr Tiger rolling around on his back
Watching and waiting for his buddy to come
Tiger waiting to be let in to the next enclosure
Grey Kangaroo
Red Kangaroo and Wallaby
Pretty Flamingos
More pretty Flamingos
Big Bushy Tailed Ant Eater


  1. Sooo pretty! I love Asian gardens. What a treat!

  2. Looks like a FUN place to go for a relaxing weekend walk. Love the "monet" pond. Golden Thanks for sharing. Golden Woofs

  3. How beautiful!!! Our Mama also has a love/sad relationship with zoos. We have one in our small town that holds rescued wildlife and rehabilitates them where Mama is a member. She loves what the San Diego Zoo does for animals..but also doesn't like seeing the animals in cages when she visits :-(.

    Those are beautiful pictures your Mama took!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  4. Wow! We loved seeing all those wonderful animals, and the giant lily pads too! If you ever get to the Boca Raton area, be sure to check out Flamingo Gardens. This is a small park that takes in wounded native animals. If they cannot be released back into the wild, they keep them at the gardens for people to see. You can walk through the enclosures and feed the ibis, gallinules, herons, and spoonbills and others. Also be sure to visit the Morikami Gardens and Museum.

  5. Super photos.
    But I just don't get anteaters. What a horrid diet.
    Toodle pip!

  6. OMD OMD seeing the Kangas must have made your mum think of when she lived Down Under!!!!
    Sorry that You didn't get to go to the Zoo... you would have made a Wonderful exhibit... hehehehe

  7. It looks very nice there. We have to agree with your Mom's sentiments, but at least it appears the animals are well-cared for there. Mom would love to walk across that Bridge of Sighs - so pretty.

    Happy Sunday.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  8. Great photos! Our pawrents did the same thing to us awhile back!
    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. OMD Mom loves that section of the zoo. Human brother loves the koi ponds and is always talking about how he should have brought his fishing pole BOL ;)

    We don't understand why anyone would want to hurt those beautiful animals either :/

    xoxo, Ginger, Matt & Matilda

  10. What fun for your mom and dad! Those huge lily pads are so cool!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. What a lovely garden. Your people are lucky to get to go and visit.

  12. Ooooooooo, FABulous pics!!! Those big kittehs are beautifuls! I bets they eat a LOT! ☺ butts, sorry you couldn't go...I bets they would have loved to see your wiggle butts! hehehehe
    Ma doesn't understand those hunters either...see says, she's glad she doesn't.
    Ruby ♥

  13. Oooooh a leopard! Did they visit the Africa section too? Mom feels the same about zoo's but also understands that they play a part in conservation.

    Guys, please could you e-mail us your new postal address? We've been meaning to send you a little "house warming / house moving" gift. Our e-mail address is: scottie(dot)chronicles(at)gmail(dot)com

    BIG licks,
    Wally & Sammy

  14. Hari OM
    That was a grand visit... even if you only got to visit by proxy of the piccies! I'm with your mum; majority zoo parks are now 'lifeboats' for so many critters... though it would be so wonderful if they could roam free. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  15. Those lily pads are funny looking. They look like floating round trays!

  16. What a pretty place and you took pictures of flamingos, mom's favorite! Love Dolly

  17. Oh, we LOVE those pictures!
    I'll bet the Cowspotdog exhibit would bring in a lot of tourists -- but I wonder if they'd have comfy chairs for you? Probably not. I'd stick to home, if I were you!


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