I had been waiting for this new exhibit to open at the Denver Zoo ever since it was first announced. It was to be called “Asian Tropics”, which I think they should have stuck with. Now it’s technically called “Toyota Elephant Passage”. Who ever heard of a Toyota Elephant?! Another example of a huge sponsor insisting on having their company name highly visible. I think it’s vulgar, and it certainly doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a Toyota. There are more animals in this exhibit than just elephants, too.
I debated on which blog to add this post to, but since it has more personal opinion (and snarkiness), I thought it belonged on my personal blog.
The new exhibit is now home to two new male Asian Elephants, Groucho (41) and Bodhi (8). I thought it was going to be larger than it is, and I was disappointed with the view of the elephants through steel cables. I wish I had asked someone to explain the entire exhibit and exactly where all the elephants can roam. Here’s a map of the entire Denver Zoo. (Compare that to this map of the St. Louis Zoo, where African Elephants are found in the expansive River’s Edge exhibit.)
I did see something I’ve never seen before: Flying Foxes! Humongous bats! Don’t let the photo fool you into thinking this is only about 6 inches long. It was more like about 24 inches long!
I will always be partial to the St. Louis Zoo. It’s rich in history, has excellent exhibits, and is just beautiful all around. Plus, it’s FREE! I’m not bashing the Denver Zoo. I’d probably go more often if it were free.
These were my favorite shots from the day, and they aren’t even of animals!