Last, but most certainly not least, were the SKUNK MONKIES!!! And, yes, that exactly how it is said and spelled. They're actually black and white Colobus monkeys, but my nephew dubbed them "skunk monkies" at our last visit and that is what they will always be called. You can see why they would say that, I'm sure. These guys are usually quite expressive and playful. In fact, my niece played a game of "Monkey See, Monkey Do" with them a year or so ago. Today, they looked a bit sad. Maybe they weren't happy about being separated. Two were in the yard and the one my girls call the "Mama Skunk Monkey" was in the inside playhouse, apparently locked in.
Of course there were other animals. These were just our favorites and what I managed to remember to snap a photo of. I'm kicking myself over the hippopotamus. Nearly every time we go to the zoo, he is sleeping in his water hole or inside with the staff. Today, he was having a nap in the mud early in our visit. When we made our loop around, he was swimming laps, making snorting sounds when he came up for air, and even gave us a sort of roar. It was so fun. Ms. K tried to jump the fence to get to him because she was so excited about him. Each time he would come to the surface, he would wiggle his ears. I think I enjoyed that more than the kids. And enjoying life like a child is important.
I love the freedom of homeschooling. We didn't make a plan for this field trip. We didn't have to send permission slips to parents. We didn't have to re-schedule for weather. We just completed our morning school work and chores and left. And we had a great time! I hope we can enjoy more of this during the summer.