Next up, Big Cat Country. Sinewy muscles, beautiful fur, shearing teeth, padded toes, supple body, all describe the inhabitants of Big Cat Country. This spectacular natural outdoor setting for tigers, leopards and other big cats was constructed in 1975. Dramatic, simulated rock formations provide realistic backdrops for the handsome felines. Big Cat Country takes the form of a large wheel. Three large open yards, almost one-third of an acre each, have trees and shrubs, boulders and a pool. The center yard has a 27-foot-high waterfall. There are four smaller yards that provide excellent viewing or photographing of the climbing cats. From a safe distance, of course!
I remember going to the Zoo as a kid and always being so disappointed in the big cats. We NEVER saw them! I doubted that the Zoo even had big cats. Looking back I realize it was always ass-sweat miserable hot when we were there, smack-dab in the middle of the day. And that's when cats tend to sleep. (Duh.) So we never really got a good look at the cats.
But this day, things were different. After a few hour detour at St. Louis Beer Fest (blog post to come later on that), Ryan and I returned to the Zoo to check out the cats. A storm was blowing in and it was cooling off. The crowds at the Zoo disappeared and the cats came out to play. Finally!
First up, the tiger. I'm partial to the tiger because it's the mascot for my alma mater. MIZ-ZOU!! There were three tigers out and about. They are enormous! And gorgeous!
But these giraffes had zero sense of humor.
They just stuck out their tongues at us.
All Zoo information in this post was found on the St. Louis Zoo website: http://www.stlzoo.org/