Another add-on encounter is at the budgie apiary where you can offer food to hundreds of budgies. They perch on your arm and nibble grain from your hands. This is an additional $100 per person. Speaking of birds, plumage of the Scarlet Ibises is changing changing from pink to magnificient scarlet.
|The visionary Hope Zoo developer, Kenny Benjamin, |
who is often seen at the Hope Zoo
The monkeys are also a delight. Sookie, the spider monkey, now has the full run of her enclosure and she is a gregarious and swings from arm to arm, or from her tail - a true performer, and it will be great when more of her species join the zoo exhibits. I am not sure how it started, but Mr Alex, the Capuchin, now happily mimics one of the Zookeepers for fun. Some of the wise donkeys are also curious and will seek engagement with you. In the same enclosure, the female ostrich will seek the interest of tall human men. The Emu is far more shy and stays away.
Construction work is ongoing, as more covered areas are being built strategically about the property. I also paid a moment of silence after seeing the sliced trunk of an ancient mango tree that was felled in the name of development.
One of the covered areas has a statue of a smiling holy monk at the entrance; a sign perhaps that sculpture from Asia is included in the landscape plan; be prepared for a discussion about the woman at the entrance. For more articles on Hope Zoo, see the links at the end of this article.
|Hindu female spirit of clouds and water|