The other day one of our neighbors gave us 2 free tickets to the Phoenix Zoo, so we went and checked it out. It’s actually quite nice, and we were impressed by everything they had going on. They did miss some things that we had grown accustomed to, such as polar bears and seals and penguins for example, but it wasn’t a huge surprise. Who could expect these arctic and water creatures to do very well in the Arizona hot summer?
One big surprise to me was the Galapagos Turtles which are huge. The one that was there was about 2 feet by 3 feet and 2 feet thick. You’ll see it in one of the the pictures below, it looks almost more like a statue or a boulder on wheels. It’s truly massive for a turtle. They have a super slow metabolism and can apparantly survive desert types of conditions for weeks on end outside of water.