The Dallas Zoo is becoming the Chuck E. Cheese for critters. Just this past Saturday Cheetah Winspear and his running buddy Amani the Labrador celebrated their second birthday with “meaty ice cakes.”
Tuesday new-penguin-on-the-ice-block Marina made a splash for zoo guests and the media as she took her first dip in the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove. While there was a “lifeguard” in the pool just in case, Marina took to it like a
duck penguin to water with her folks Tazo and Tulip looking on.
It was just back on Wednesday, April 15, that the little African black-footed penguin was hatched, weighing “a little more than a C battery.” Now three months later she’s a whopping five pounds.
The reason for the delay was she had to slough off her “fluffy gray downy feathers.”
The timing couldn’t have been absolutely more perfect! Why? Because Thursday is Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo and Marina, Winspear, Amani, hunky new lion king Kamau and the Giants of the Jurassic will all be out and about for the hundreds … uh, no … make that thousands of visitors.
What? Is that an exaggeration? When you realize the normal fee is $15 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11) and seniors (age 65 and up), a buck is a very sweet deal. Last year Dollar Day attracted 33,000 visitors and they’re hoping to hit the 30,000 mark Thursday. Wouldn’t it be great if they topped the 2014 attendance?
Suggestion: Take DART to and from. It’s cheaper than the $8 parking fee in the zoo parking lot, less frustrating that competing for a parking space and you won’t have to hassle with traffic.
Also, don’t forget the sunscreen, a hat and comfy walking shoes.
The zoo opens at 9, but be smart and get there early. Marina, Winspear, Amani, Kamau and the rest of the zoo family will be waiting for you.
* Photo credit: Cathy Burkey/Dallas Zoo