January, 18-28, 2016.
Palm Desert is a nice area to be in January. The days are warm but not too much. The evenings are fresh. As soon as the sun sets, we want to be inside. This is desert condition! Still, nothing makes me happier than getting up with the sun and being outside for most of the day. There are many activities to do in this area. The first one, after we have bought some food and done the laundry is to revisit THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS. We have been there twice before but I was as excited to go as the first time.
“The Living Desert is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa. With over 1200 protected acres, 450 wild animals live animal shows, kids’ play park, tranquil gardens, model train exhibit, hiking trails, tram rides and more, visitors experience an oasis of family fun.” If you want to know more about the living desert, here is the link:
Of course, it was a great opportunity for photography. So much to enjoy! We stayed as long we could but could you believe it, I ran out of battery! I think I had forgotten to charge them properly the night before. So, I ended up using my smart phone but I really think the quality is not as good as the photos taken with my camera. We saw many animals such as camels, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, ankole cattles, warthogs, leopards, hyenas, addax, fennecs, meerkats, many birds also and some butterflies.
Camels are interesting animals. Their long eyelashes and bushy eyebrows protect their eyes from sun and sand. They store fat in their hump.
The giraffes are great animal to see. The male giraffes are the tallest of four-legged animals. They may reach the height of 19 feet and weigh up to 1.5 tons. We arrived just in time to see the feeding . The color of the tongue is best described as black,blue or purple with a pink base/back. It is generally assumed that the front part has such dark coloration to protect it during frequent sun exposure while eating and prevent the tongue from getting sunburned. It is 18-20 inch /45-50 cm long!
Here are more photos of other animals we saw that day.
The stripes of the zebras come in different patterns, unique to each individual.
The grey crowned crane has a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping.
Ibis have long, down-curved bills, and usually feed as a group, probing mud for food items, usually crustaceans. They are monogamous and highly territorial while nesting and feeding.
This is part one of at least 5 posts on Palm Desert. More to come later! Thanks for viewing my post and thanks also if you are taking the time to write a comment. It would be so nice if all my readers would say something. Anything like: Hello ! Thanks again!