Hola from Ecuador! I am in the midst of a two-week expedition to radio collar wild mountain tapir and take biological samples! I am thrilled and speechless to be here and am so fortunate that I work somewhere that values conservation and sent me to help out!
But until I have time to compile all my stories and share some pictures, I thought I would share my road trip a couple weeks ago to Springfield, Missouri.
My friend Patty and I hit the road to travel to the Dickerson Park Zoo for a special reason. Our Zoo usually is home to two wonderful hippos named Zambezi and Kasai. However, we are currently in the midst of renovating their building to better suit their needs and the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield graciously offered to house our ladies for a couple years until construction is complete.
Patty is our hippo’s keeper at the zoo and she misses her girls terribly so we decided it was high time to pay them a visit!
11 hours and almost 180 songs in the iPod and we arrived in Springfield! We wanted to check out the largest Bass Pro Shop in the country while we were there. It was so fun!
We didn’t go into the aquarium since they didn’t have a discount for zoo field professionals and the price was really steep, but enjoyed all the animals we could see for free.
After that it was Zoo Day! It wasn’t surprising that Patty cried when she saw the hippos. It was pretty touching when they came right over to her and put their sweet little faces up and opened their mouths when they saw her.
We spent the day walking around the zoo and spending time with the girls. Of course we brought them treats and in the hippo world a treat is a whole melon. 🙂
It was a great day and I was so happy to see Patty reunited with her girls.
Since we were close by, we HAD to stop by Lambert’s-home of the throwing rolls. They pass through the dining room and toss a roll to you when you want one. Such fun!
The food was delicious and homestyle and the service was excellent. I can’t remember the last time I have had such good wait service and saw this sign about how they believe their customers should be treated. My Zoo highly values our guests and this really resonates with me. It’s nice to see people caring about people.
We also checked our downtown Springfield and enjoyed it’s vibrant Main Street. We had burgers at the Black Sheep which were delicious and had fun checking out the local scene.
Before we knew it, our quick trip was over and we headed back to Colorado. What a fun time we had! I can’t wait to share all the fun and work we’re doing here in Ecuador so stay tuned! Have a great day, friends!