An Historian About… Dinosaurs

Junior Circle is trying to get out and DO more- we, of course, did our usual brunch (because… who doesn’t love brunch??), but we wanted to do something else. Enter: the Assiniboine Park Zoo! The Park has been going through some upgrades in the past few years, for both the animal habitats and visitor experience! I love that they are now working natural habitats into the zoo landscape, especially for the northern animals. But the first stop? The new dinosaur exhibit!

I know what you are going say, “Historian, dinosaurs aren’t real. They don’t belong in a zoo.” Well, these animatronic dinosaurs are quite entertaining, and have a very “Jurassic-Park” vibe to them. It’s something fun and a little different to check out at the zoo! Plus, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? The number of fantastical Nat Geo specials that I’ve watched over the years is a little nutso…. As you walk by the dinos, you trigger a sensor- cue the roars and terrifying movements. I loved reading about each of the dinosaurs, where they came from- including location and era-, what they ate and hunted, and what physical characteristics can currently be explained. I was wondering if was going to be geared towards children, but it balances between child and adult pretty well! We were all impressed. (It was also a good way to use an older part of the zoo that has been left for years!)

After that, we headed around the rest of the zoo. I usually go to the zoo at least once a year, but I make new discoveries every time I go. One of my best friends works for the organisation, so going with her means that we hear about more behind the scenes stuff. (Also, she’s an awesome person. And the best Alpha Gam out there!)

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That tiny, crushed man….

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The two tigers always blow me away- they are so large and powerful. It was incredibly hot while we were there, and he was pacing/splashing through the mud! Even though he is a giant cat, he’s the same as any other cat in some ways. The lions that were at our zoo have now been sent to two different zoos in England for a species survival program!

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This is Max. According to VIcki, he is always grumpy, and you will rarely see him not-grumpy. Even though it was super hot out, he was nowhere near his pool/waterfall. I thought that was interesting- I always forget that animals are much better and more efficient with heating and cooling themselves. It’s a miracle that humans are the dominant species. And even still around…

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One of our crowning glories at the zoo is the Journey to Churchill exhibit. It features wolves, Artic foxes, muskoxen, and polar bears. Although I love the wolves, it is hard to spot them. They are fairly hidden to begin with, and they spend most their time spotting muskoxen (don’t worry, they can’t actually get to them). We currently have nine polar bears! Two, Hudson and Humphrey, are from the Toronto Zoo. They are more comfortable seeing people, and will often come closer to the viewing area! Two of the younger cubs are still separate from the other bears because they are smaller. I wanted to get a cute video, and instead ended up with a video of a polar bear cub pooping…. It took quite a bit of wandering and backtracking, but we were able to spot a couple!

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It was a fantastic day, all in all! I was able to spend time with my Alpha Gam sisters, see dinosaurs and quite a few interesting animals, and get in a good amount of walking. (According to my FitBit, over 14,000 steps!) I keep considering getting a Zoo membership, and I might just do that.

What outdoor attractions do you like visiting? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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