It is a good time of year to visit the Rio Grande Zoo now that the temperatures have cooled. The animals seem to be more active than in the hotter months and there are baby animals of all kinds. The smaller crowds make it easier to navigate between exhibits.
The rhinoceroses were frolicking in the water playing with a huge red ball while a chimpanzee was busy taking care of her baby high in the exhibit’s tree apparatus. Many other mammas also tended to their young, from an elephant to a kangaroo to a giraffe, the little ones were out and about throughout the zoo.
Feeding time is around 3:30pm and some of the animals seemed to get sleepy and become a bit inactive afterward and coming before that time might allow the visitor to watch and enjoy the animals at a more active play state. Dress in enough layers for the varying daily temperatures and it may be a good idea to bring a thermos full of a hot beverage to help warm the chill. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $4 for children 12 to 3, $5.50 for seniors 65 and over; the zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm.