i just have to say real quick, i could not have been more impressed with tautphaus park in idaho falls.
literally 8 minutes from the hills & here lies the cutest, cleanest, best equipped little zoo right in the middle of a big park. & they didn't just have a few ducks & sheep. no, no, no: snow leopards & lynx & reptiles & penguins & sloth bears (the best to sit & watch) & huge lions & a baby zebra & a dozen different monkeys. yet small enough to easily get from one exhibit to another. it was just perfect! 10 out of 10!
elles-a-belle likes snakes in books for some reason & after seeing them first, hissing was primarily the only noise we could get out of her the whole trip.
that is until the boys took her over to the neighbors & she decided to roar at their kitty. nice.
ellery's favorite part (& my least) was the petting zoo. child had no fear!
& the purell station just outside the gate was much appreciated.
we should all have a little tautphaus zoo in our backyard. the end.