FROM THE ZOO TO YOU: The zoo before Christmas

12/20/2013

The zoo before Christmas

The zoo before Christmas

It's the week before Christmas and all through the zoo,

the animals are watching for you to come through.

The cats in the "Canyon" peer from their new digs,

while hiding in the grasses, behind logs and some twigs.

Bactrian camels have two humps, the rhino two horns;

the keepers take care of them each eve and each morn.

The bear brothers watch each person, car and bike.

They watch for their keepers bringing treats that they like.

The elephants use their trunks to grab food and drink water.

Weavers and lovebirds opt for seeds as their fodder.

Food for each animal, and a safe place to live,

while representing their wild counterparts, that's what the zoo gives.

The maintenance crew hustles from one job to the next;

at keeping the zoo running, for this they're the best.

Educators teach cool classes without a grumble or grouse.

While swift foxes snuggle warmly in their new little house.

The bison and elk wear their furry winter coats,

the cold seasonal weather this always denotes.

The Goeldi's monkeys are jumping; the siamang, they call;

they prefer warmer temperatures, the big and the small.

Red pandas, young and old, munch happily on bamboo.

They enjoy the cold weather, the snow leopard does, too.

The keepers are bundled from their toes to their head.

The anteater, you know, wants to just stay in bed.

A King Kong size banana is a spider monkey's wish,

while lions and jaguars dream of a meatier dish.

Truckloads of browse and GIANT mounds of hay

are just the right cuisine to make a takin's day.

Red-billed blue magpies fly here and flit there.

Otters are splashing, there's water everywhere!

Swans float so regally on the pond at the zoo,

while the flamingos are standing on one leg or two.

The lion roars each morning, "I am the king."

Hwameis are tiny, but oh the songs that they sing.

The lemurs sound raucous, their calls carry far.

Each one in their own way is truly nature's star.

It's not the weather, the food, or who's coming near

that's uppermost in our minds at this time of year.

Thanks for your support; we hope you have fun.

That's the zoo's hope for you, when all's said and done.

Happy holidays from the staff of Lee Richardson Zoo

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