As documented in previous posts, I've mentioned with a fair amount of enthusiasm how terrific the changes have been at the Denver Zoo. It's almost become an entirely new experience compared to the very humbled and dated environment in the 1980s.
From the newer Africa section and Elephant environments to the really beautiful entry area and more, the Zoo is becoming a class act. The icing on the cake is the incredible lion exhibit right at he front of the park. Imagine being able to step off Disney's Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari right in the midst of the African veldt. That's just how good this section is! Makes for quite a splashy "first act" for the Zoo.
Today's visit was equally impressive with the Lego animals scattered throughout the park. The lion was impressive as was the snow leopard, but even the smaller woodland creatures native to Colorado made an appearance.
Parkside, there's a simple merry-go-round and a small train ride, so nothing too grand at all. It's really too bad! If the Zoo tossed in a few great theme park rides- including a rollercoaster- and some musical entertainment, the Denver Zoo would almost be as good as Disney's Animal Kingdom and at a fraction of the admission price.
(Photographs copyright Mark Taft.)