SENECA PARK ZOO

APRIL 2006

 

by Kelly

In April 2006 Ham and I visited the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY. There was nothing out of the ordinary from the outside. And once viewing the animals, you can immediately see that they seem happy hanging out and enjoying their day...

Unfortunately, a lot of the zoo seemed to be under construction at the time, leaving wide open sections of empty exhibits. They tried to make up for this with clever signage. The two-dimensional rhino had a sign above him saying he was sponsored by a credit union. I wonder if he has an account.

We saw this eagle thing with absurdly large talons and knew it must be time to eat lunch. Probably because it was watching o'er the picnic tables at the "Eagle's Landing Cafe."

   

Yes, all eight of us (the six in the picture above + Ham and I) enjoyed scrumptious burgers like these. All I can say is thank God for the "Fancy Ketchup."

After lunch, Ham made himself sick playing on this log thing, while I was happy to chat with a large snail nearby...

I'm still not sure what this bird thing was about, but going into this building we were hit with more signage for the clinically dumb...

Don't worry, there were plenty more happy animals around!

And plenty more empty exhibits... :o(

Along the way we saw some very rare animals, such as the rather sedate Mongolian Outdoor Outlet...

 

...and the extremely dangerous Hungarian Hydrant Head, which thank the good Lord had it's own fenced-in area...

Apparently, area birds had something to say about the Polar Bear exhibit, but as for the sign itself - true dat, my friend, true dat...

Going to the bathroom was difficult here without your bathing cap and snorkle...

We spent mountains of time getting the perfect picture of this crazy swimmer. We got it when he finally stopped to sun himself and seemingly pose for us photographers. After that I had to take this other poor little guy (with an unfortunate piece of wood stuck in a most sensitive area) back to his own exhibit. He was just wandering around, poor thing! He couldn't read the sign on his chest (it was upside-down to him!)...

Actually, much to my chagrin, the penguin exhibit was closed the day we visited. We weren't sure, but we thought the butterfly exhibit was also temporarily closed...

They wanted us to play a game at this next exhibit, but finding the Golden (meaning red) Pheasant proved too difficult. You can't see it in the picture, but the female Golden (meaning brown) pheasant was right in our faces as well...

On our way out we saw this rare grey squirrel who was running around as if imitating the monkey enclosure. He was probably going berzerk from eating the Smarties that were all over the walkway...

The anti-climax of our trip to Seneca Park Zoo was right at the end of the visit, when we encountered yet another exhibit of...NOTHING! Expertly decorated with a child's orange and blue slide and a box of shredded paper. I still wonder what was supposed to be in here...

This zoo was probably worth the admission price...well, it absolutely would have been (I think) if at least the penguin exhibit had been open. And if you like mediocre burgers and empty exhibits it's definitely your thing! It seems that a lot of exhibits were "coming soon" so perhaps by now or Spring 2007 things will be a little better. We'll try to check back!

(Posted 11/2006)

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