Lions and Tigers and . . . No Bears!

Here’s the photo recap of yesterday’s visit to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium about 60 miles north of here.

Getting into the park the first thing we saw were these beautiful Black Swans. I’ve heard of them but I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen them.

Black Swan 1

They seem to be a bit smaller than their white cousins. 

Black Swan 2


Spider Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

Jan and I almost bought a spider monkey early in our marriage, but in hindsight it’s probably better we didn’t. Though it might have been easier than raising two kids.

Prevost's Squirrel

This is a Prevost’s Squirrel. Very colorful.


Wildlife World 1

Jan and I were both impressed with the very nice habitat areas for the animals,


Saddle-Billed Stork

A very colorful Saddle-Backed Stork.



And of course, the Lions and

Tiger World Wildlife Zoo

Tigers and . . .

Ocelot World Wildlife

Ocelots? Nope, not a Bear in sight here.


Black Leopard WWZ

But they did have this beautiful Black Leopard.


Next up was Dragon World, one of the reptile exhibits.

Monitor Lizard WWZ

This is a Monitor Lizard,

and this is a Green Iguana.

Green Iquana WWZ


And this is Jan’s encounter with one in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They will bite, but this one’s mouth is taped shut with clear tape, though I don’t think she knew that at the time.



These guys are Uromastyx.



This is an Albino Alligator or White Alligator. These are pure albino with no color pigment whatsoever.

White Alligator WWZ


In our travels, we’ve also seen Leucistic White Alligators. They are not albinos, but have a little pigment on their mouths, and also piercing bright blue eyes.

Leucistic White Alligator


These three frogs are Poison Dart Frogs.

Poison Dart Frog

Natives in South America used their secretions to coat the tip of their poison darts, hence the name.

Poison Dart Frog 2

Very colorful, but very poisonous.

Poison Dart Frog 3


This is a Veiled Chameleon. I kept waiting for him to change color, but he never did. I was hoping for plaid.

Veiled Chameleon WWZ


This big guy is a Reticulated Python. He’s about 8 feet long.

Python WWZ


Jan’s not real partial to big snakes but our granddaughter Piper is crazy about them. Here she is with one in New York.



And here she is with one in New Braunfels, TX.



After a lunch of Chili Cheese Dogs, we took the Skyride up over the park.

Aerial Tram WWZ 1

Aerial Tram WWZ 2

Aerial Tram WWZ 3

A nice view.

A beautiful Military Macaw.

Military Macaw


A White Rhino.

Rhino WWZ


And these are Warthogs.

Warthogs WWZ


And this is also a Warthog, but the flying version.



Oryx. A few years back we were surprised to find that hundreds of these are roaming all over White Sands Missile Range and the White Sands Monument.

Oryx WWZ


Zebras, including a baby born a few months ago.

Zebras WWZ


Baby, Mommy, and Daddy Giraffes.

Giraffes WWZ

Giraffe Baby WWZ


Everyone’s favorite mongoose (besides Rikki Tikki Tavi), the Meerkat.

Meerkat WWZ


These are Scimitar Horned Oryx.

Scimitar Oryx WWZ


We took the train ride around the park, and once while we were stopped, this ostrich got closer than any one wanted.

Ostrich WWZ 1

Ostrich WWZ 2


The Flamingo Pond

Flamingos WWZ


Finishing up with the Zoo, we headed over to the aquarium area.

This is a Pipe Fish.

Trumpetfish WWZ


They did have some very nice display tanks.

Aquarium WWZ


This is a Amazonian Red Tail Catfish. Really pretty.

Red Tail Catfish WWZ


A Ridley’s Sea Turtle that’s missing part of his front flipper.

Ridley Sea Turtle


They also had a number of colorful Sea Anemones.

Sea Anemome WWZ

Sea Anemome WWZ 2

Sea Anemome WWZ 3


This is a colorful Cleaner Shrimp.

Cleaner Shrimp WWZadf


A Lionfish.

Lionfish WWZ


These next two are Stone Fish. The bluish one in the center of this photo,

Stonefish WWZ 1


and the one in the lower right in this one. Very aptly named.

Stonefish WWZ 2


These next two are Starfish. The top one is wrapped around a mussel prying it open for dinner.

Starfish WWZ 1

Starfish WWZ 2


And these next two are different species of Moray Eels.

Moray Eels WWZ

Moray Eels WWZ 2


And this guy is the fabled Electric Eel, capable of generating over 600 volts. I’ve always wondered why they don’t short out. They are in saltwater, after all.

Electric Eel WWZ


These are ShrimpFish, a relative of the Seahorse below.

Shrimpfish WWZ

Seahorse WWZ


A Red-Bellied Piranha.

Red-Bellied Prianha WWZ


And finally, a Stars & Stripes Puffer Fish.

Stars & Stripes Puffer Fish


Jan and I have visited small zoos all around the country, and we both agreed this was one of the best.

Check it out if you’re in the area.

As far as today, it was pretty quiet. Around 2 pm Jan and I headed back over to the SanTan Village area for some Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart shopping, picking up some salad fixings for tonight’s dinner.

But on the way home while I was stopped at Lowe’s, Nick called with a better dinner offer. So a little later, we were all back at J & M II Chinese Restaurant, our new favorite Chinese place

But as we were finishing up, we got a surprise. A gentleman and his wife walked up and that he enjoyed both our blogs.


It turned out to be Jim and Norma Miget, blog readers who had recognized us and came over to say Hi. It’s always nice to meet our blog readers.

After Jim and Norma left, I ask Nick if this meant we were famous or infamous?

He said, “Yes”.


Thought for the Day:

“The closer you get to Canada, the more things there are that’ll eat your horse” – Old Cowboy Saying.



5 Responses

  1. Infamous if he came over and said Hello with his hand near his gun.

    Famous if he said Hello and then bought your supper.


  2. Nice pictures and writing. We read your Blog too, and I have to vote for infamous. This Zoo looks as good or better than the San Antonio Zoo. Thanks for memories.

  3. looks like a fantastic place to visit glad you guys are still having a wonderful time traveling around………..take care

  4. My husband Dick Mott and I (Judy) (Travels With Dick And Judy) follow your blog – thanks to friends of ours. Some time back, you posted that you bought thermal fuses for your Splendide washer/dryer. Our dryer is not heating and we are wondering if the thermal fuse might be a “fix”. If so, where is this fuse located? Please respond to me at Thanks and I enjoy reading about your travels.

  5. Judy,

    After removing the top of the washer, the thermal fuse is located on the large metal surface on the right side about half way back.

    The two units with the one and two red dots are the thermostats. The thermal fuse is the one with two wires going to it being held down by a single screw.

    Let me know if I can be any more help.


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