Monday, May 2, 2016

A partial post for a second look

 Today, instead of showing a complete post, I'm going to show a few relevant photos that were taken in early August, 2015.

The first time that my friend Sally and I went to the zoo, we took the tram, as we did recently on my birthday.

In case you missed the photos I shared on the new elephant complex, here is what the area looked like eight months ago.

The plastic fence was the focal point in every photo.
At least one of the structures was in place, or at least taking shape back then.  You can see a small portion of the new barn where the elephants are now stored, if you look closely in the upper left of the background.

This is possibly the start of the concession area.  Note how open the area is in the background.

It was obvious the new facility needed to be built.

This is where Stephanie, our only African elephant until March of this year, was held.  I've never seen her, though.

Not my usual Second look because today I showed a few photos I took last year at the zoo, but only those that were relevant to the African elephants and the upcoming “Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley” exhibit.  All words were written specifically for this post, not copied and pasted in their entirety along with the photos from a previous post as is normally the case for my second look posts.

BTW, the zoo did extensive research to determine social, dietary, and living habits for at least two years before applying for these beautiful creatures.  Tentatively, my friend Sally, who is a member of the zoo, and I as her guest, will be visiting the exhibit on either May 11 or 12, depending on the weather.   Of course I'll have my camera handy.

Now it's time for you to link your second look on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Then link below and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit.  If you are new to Second on the 2nd, and your blog post permits only GOOGLE+ responses, I (and several others) can´t comment on your entry.  It's all in the way you set up your blog responses.

Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so it's best to post sometime on the 2nd.

9 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

I think they have done a great job, and it is fantastic that they are helping to save these wonderful animals. I know a lot of people think the elephants and other wild animals should be able to be free, but if they are going to starve, or be killed for their ivory or whatever, they are better off where they have such a good place to live in, and will be cared for. Have a great day, here the sun is shining, so I hope it will stay with us today! Hugs, Valerie

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Really interesting blog today. In Kent there are several fantastic zoo's all to do with conservation and in Jersey there is the Gerral Durral Zoo another fantastic place.

Crafty hugs Pen x

My name is Erika. said...

Glad you're going back to the zoo, and it was cool to see the elephant area under construction. It looked like it needed a lot of work still back last August. I can't wait to hear about the elephants and what you see when you go back. Will the elephants be there when you go back?

sheila 77 said...

Hello Elizabeth. First of all thanks for visiting and leaving such a very good comment, always so very much appreciated. (And I think you must be up and about very, very early today!).
Your photos of the elephant enclosure (to be) are fascinating, and I've just popped over to read your more recent post on the rather excellent enclosure. The Zoo at Edinburgh is very hot on conservation, an unfortunate necessity today, but we have no elephants, I'm not sure why, maybe they don't like the Scottish weather.
Thanks for you idea of the 2nd repost, it allows us to show again our hidden past "gems"!

pearshapedcrafting said...

The elephants are going to have a lovely place to live now - look forward to seeing it! Zoos are doing a great job of ensuring that species don't die out and have the ideal environment for studying animals! Most of them work closely with the countries the animals come from and can re-integrate some of the animals raised in zoos!
There was a heart warming story on Breakfast news today about some lions kept in captivity for performing in South America - some had had their teeth removed and one was blind. They have been taken to South Africa where they are going to have a much better life - it was great to see one lion rubbing against a tree - something he had never done before!! Although at the moment they are in separate cages they are all close to one another and will get use to each others smells and eventually be allowed to live together.

Jeanie said...

I'll have to remember you do this on the second for another month! Meanwhile, it's nice to see that the zoo did indeed fix the area. I loved your new elephants!

Krisha said...

It always impresses me at how fast they can do these things, and make them look as if it took forever. Quite a transformation for sure.

Carol said...

Always love a visit to a good zoo. The Elephant Exhibit looks great and can't wait to see the photos from your next visit there. Thanks for hosting "2nd on the 2nd"

~*~Patty S said...

So nice to think of the elephants having more room to roam and hopefully not feel caged up.
Your zoo seems like it is well supported by the community.
I am still feeling challenged on what day it is LOL.
I have been busy working on my T Tuesday post...gosh I spend way too much time putting those together, but it is fun.