Everyone had the same idea about how to spend this uncharacteristically warm, 70 degree, February day!
“All of the animals will be out!” they exclaimed!
And so… families came from miles away to visit the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo today and yes, the animals were out!
The zoo is home to many rescued species that are being rehabilitated before their re-release into the wild, animals that are too compromised to survive in their natural habitat and many animals that were once pets whose owners were no longer able to care for them. Being the local Humane Society as well, explains how many of their animals are acquired.
As you walk up to the zoo entrance, you immediately hear the peacock calls, as they roam freely throughout the park, alongside of the diverse types of geese at the zoo! An up-close experience the kids always love! They even have an all-white peacock! I had wondered myself if it would be considered a true “albino” peacock or if it was just another variety? Either way, they are exciting to see and quite interesting to listen to as they appeal to each other.
My daughter loved feeding the geese and the deer popcorn- those were the animals that were able to eat right from your hand- many of the others you needed to use a feeder or throw the popcorn and peanuts into the cage. She enjoyed seeing so many animals from her books or movies really come to life.
As much as I loved giving my daughter the opportunity to see the animals and how they interact in the flesh, I couldn’t help feel sad for them. The cages (especially the monkeys’) seemed inadequate, many lacking “toys” to stimulate or areas that mimicked their natural environments. As a family, we’ve owned many types of pets; chickens, goats, dogs, cats… and I’ve learned that they exhibit emotions in a way that is very human-esque and in saying that, I really felt that these animals were down-trodden and lonely. I understand many are older or recovering, but I just couldn’t help feeling that as a spectator, I was contributing to their sadness.
We have visited this zoo several times before and always found it an enjoyable way to spend the day. Perhaps the missing foliage of the spring and summer months or maybe like humans, all living things feel a bit tired and stagnant in February…
You Can Help!
Hope for these creatures lies mostly in the donations that the zoo receives from patrons and private funders, as well as their membership program. Signs were displayed in all areas for ways to make donations for improving the conditions of the animal habitats and their care.
What has your experience been at Popcorn Park Zoo?