Spring Break 2022 – National Zoo

We wanted an outdoor venue for our meetup with friends and elected to visit the National Zoo as that would suit the wide span of ages. We had last visited the National Zoo as part of a road trip all the way back in 2016 – which feels somewhat like a bygone era now. This was also our first experience with a very crowded tourist attraction during the pandemic. I don’t like crowds even at the best of times and areas of the zoo were definitely too densely populated for my liking but otherwise visitors were dispersed throughout the zoo in a way that was manageable.

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We had much more success with viewing animals during our previous visit to this zoo. As one of the first properly hot days of the year, perhaps it was too much to ask the animals to be out of their shaded shelters and be out on show for us, but it was a bit disappointing to be seeing so many empty enclosures. The sloth bear offered a fair compromise as he was relaxing in a hammock.

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Although we only saw them at a distance, the pandas put on an entertaining show. One of the juveniles was being a complete derp. As it tried to clamber over some branches to reach a platform, its coordination kept failing and it would wobble off the branches. It almost fell several times – to great gasps from the human onlookers – and even managed to fall off the platform once it had reached it. We can add lack of gymnastic aptitude and no sense of balance to the reasons why pandas are so endangered.

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Our 15 year old is obsessed with the movie ‘Kung Fu Panda’ (it’s his third favourite after the 1977 Soviet movie ‘The Ascent’ and the 1997 Iranian movie ‘Taste of Cherry’). He had a mission to find as many of the animals who make up the animated cast of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ as he possibly could. He especially wanted to see the red panda (Master Shifu) and we had almost given up when it appeared in the window of its indoor enclosure. That quick glimpse was all he got but the mission was accomplished. I am sure he will attempt this challenge in the future during visits to other zoos.

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14 thoughts on “Spring Break 2022 – National Zoo

  1. This looks like a brilliant day out, and you got some great photos! I agree with you about giant pandas too – it really seems incredible there are any left at all, the way they get on πŸ˜‚ Hope you enjoyed the rest of your spring break!

  2. I seem to have lost you or you are on an extended vacation. Any way…Epoch Times has an article that made me think of you, your family, or maybe your husband..It’s about the book..”Gettysburg: Three days That Saved the United States. Interesting . I do hope every thing is good in your world…Still crazy weather down here. Summer hot one day cool Spring the next.

    • Thank you for thinking of me, Beverly. That is so kind of you.

      You have not lost me. I just have not been posting much as my life has been too busy with everyday work and life to generate anything interesting for the blog. Weirdly enough, my husband and I just went to Gettysburg yesterday so I will be constructing a post about that trip at some point over the next few days.

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