July 27, 2016

Renew The Detroit Zoo!

A few weeks back, my close friends and I took a day trip to the Detroit Zoo. Sure we wanted to see the animals, but our main motivation was the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. I was especially giddy about this, seeing as penguins are my favorite animals, and it is now the largest penguin center in the world! The massive 33,000 square foot building cost $30 million to construct! This makes sense, seeing as it holds a 326,000 gallon, 25 foot deep aquatic area filled with 80 penguins from four different species! Inside, was wall to wall tunnels and windows with breathtaking views of penguins chilling (ha, literally) on icebergs, and swimming over our heads. As if that wasn't enough, there's also a giant 360 degrees 4-D ship experience that feels like you're standing on a ship crashing through the Antarctic waters. While walking through, you can feel blasts of polar air, sea mist, and falling snow. I loved every second of it! We then vetured on to see the tigers, lions, and bears, oh my ;) Of course, we also made sure to tour the reptile, amphibian, and butterfly houses. I had a pretty magical moment in the butterfly gardens, where tons of blue butterflies were landing on me. A guy who worked there commented that they were Blue Morpho butterflies, also known to be the "social butterfly". Let's just say that the trip was a wild time ;) If you're a resident of Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne country, you can vote "Yes" to "Renew the Zoo" on August 2nd. This millage will renew a one-tenth millage property tax for 10 years to support the Detroit Zoo. For example, if your house is worth $200,000, the cost would only be $10 a year. So don't forget to vote "Yes" to support our furry (and not so furry) friends! And make sure to visit the zoo's spectacular new Penguin Center and all your other favorite fuzzies :)

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  1. Wow, you got some really beautiful pictures! Wish I could have been there :( We'll have to go together sometime!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Emily was the photographer for this one, so I'll have to tell her you said that! We'll definitely have to make another trip there!

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    2. Thanks Rachel! Emily was the photographer for this one, so I'll have to tell her you said that! We'll definitely have to make another trip there!

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