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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Elmwood Park Zoo | Norristown, PA

Last Sunday the Elmwood Park Zoo was hosting Upper Merion Day. Upper Merion is the township I live in - thus with UM Day, admission to the Zoo was half off. Dad had to work an event; mom and I decided to go.

However, before we went to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, I went into Philadelphia to cash a check and to walk around a bit. Before I left for home, I was amazed by the little birds that came into Cappricio's at Cafe Cret, then gathered by LOVE fountain.

When I finally made my way back to Bridgeport at 1:30, mom picked me up from the high speed line station and we went to the Elmwood Park Zoo. Admission was half off and once we paid, we were free to roam the zoo. I just loved the bald eagles.

And owls...

And chickens...

And monkeys...

Next to cats, goats are my 2nd favorite animal. I just love them. I tried to get a selfie with the one, but they were pretty much epic fails. I was working quickly to avoid him from eating my hair.

Jacob Sheep.

Jacob Sheep.

For a limited time, the EPZ has an exhibit with red tailed pandas. They were so cute to watch and they move quickly. The red tailed pandas are very playful and always getting into trouble.

Another exhibit that is limited time, the EPZ also has  tropical birds. One can pay to feed the birds and they land on you. I didn't buy the food, but mom did. She had a few land on her and it was so neat. I sort of wish I did buy some food so I could have had the birds land on me.

I actually like zoos and nature centers. I like going to them and seeing all of the animals. We stayed for about an hour and a half and we both enjoyed ourselves.


  1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! I'm packing and heading home today. I wanted to let you know that I had time to read this post. I love animals of all kinds and it was great to see the pictures of the little birdies in Philly and the creatures at Norristown Zoo. Recently, Mrs. Shady and I visited a bird hospital and sanctuary here on the west coast of Florida. They had a pair of bald eagles that were unable to fly for some reason and many other injured species. Some might be able to recover enough to return to their natural habitat while the others will have a safe place to stay plus food, water and medical care.

    I used to visit a petting zoo and feed biscuits to the goats. Goats have a mind of their own. If they know you have food on you, they follow you around relentlessly and invade your personal space to get at it. Those pandas have incredibly large red tails, don't they? Do they use them for climbing and hanging from branches? I once owned a parrot and would love to have those colorful zoo birds land on my arms to get food.

    I am very happy to see these pictures of you having fun with animals. Have a great weekend, dear friend JM, and I'll see you on Monday!

    1. Hi Shady!

      I hope you had a fun trip and packing won't be too strenuous! Usually I have a hard time packing after a trip because of all the trinkets I either find or buy. Amtrak is more forgiving about that than a plane.

      Awww, I bet that is a sight to see. I would love to volunteer for one, but it is a little sad. The Academy of Natural Sciences (which I will post tomorrow) does have a place that rehabilitates animals, but these animals can never be re-released. They stay at the Academy. I went to a place like that in Wisconsin and it was just so stunning. I'm glad these places exist for the animals.

      That's true! I just love goats and the way they look. They're friendly, but they do follow you around until you leave. Hmmm... I am not sure if they hang from branches, but I know they did climb a lot. I was just so amused by watching them play. It reminded me of how Mimi plays. Those birds cheered me up. I loved all that vibrant colour.

      Thank you, Shady, I hope you have a great weekend as well and I will see you on Monday!

  2. Oh my gosh, a unicorn goat! Feeding the birds looks like all kinds of fun.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm glad. Enjoy the rest of your day. Hugs

    1. Thanks, Sandra,and you too! It has finally cooled down a bit here! :)

      I find going to the zoo and seeing all the animals to be a bit relaxing. Animals seem to put me into a really good mood, especially feeding goats and birds.

  3. Wonder if there's a West Goshen Day. (No.)

    It looks like you had fun! ^_^

    I'm going to lie down, as I'm not feeling well today. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon!