NORFOLK ZOO

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July 14th, 2001, September 9th, 2006, April 19th, 2008

Norfolk Zoo, Norfolk, VA

 

      We didn't take pictures as we have many zoo photos already.  This is a small zoo that is being built up dramatically.  It's beautifully kept.  Cost is a minimum $3.50 for an adult ticket.  There is a food court and a couple stands to eat/drink.  Prices are slightly expensive as all parks are, but not as bad as most.  This zoo even has a garden and a nice huts etc.  No tickets were given; just a receipt. I'll be going back soon and will snap photos and update; in the meantime, visit the official site for days/hours of operation as well as current pricing.

      We went back September 2006 and found a nice change.  First, the entire building is new.  There used to be a dinky little place to buy a ticket before.  The building is HUGE and now is for private meetings, education and offices and houses a nice gift shop.  The courtyard is new too, with a large fountain area where I saw children running through the water.  The enter is a globe and the arrows point N, S, E and W.  New animals have arrived. It's still a small zoo in my opinion, housing most "ordinary animals".  A nice random sampling is shown below.  Other things not show below (and pretty much all the remaining animals there) include: a couple different hawks, couple eagles, a couple owls, a couple smaller birds (don't know what they are).  Supposedly there are meerkats (but I did not see them). Also, some monkeys that we couldn't take photos of because of the darkness and plexiglass enclosure.  Also various snakes, spiders, frogs, turtles etc. In the barnyard were a couple different pigs, some goats, and a turkey. There was a rodent type animal I didn't get a great photo of.  Mot of the other animals are depicted below.
 

1) Some sort of bird I don't know the name of and it's chicks 2) Buffalo 3) Bongo (a type of Antelope) 4) The front of building 5) Duiker (I think another type of antelope)

 

1) Elephants 2) Emu 3) Donkey 4) The courtyard/fountain/Sculpture 5) Lion

 

1) A Mandrill (one of the larges apes) 2) one of Norfolk's infamous "mermaids"  3) Llamas 4) Monkey 5) Ostriches

 

1) Giraffe 2) Pig 3) Really cute photos of a Prairie Dog  4) Red River Hog 5) Tiger lounging in water

 

1) Really spiny waxy looking tree; very interesting; hard to see on the photo 2) Tiger 3) Zebra and 5) a great Zebra photo

 

1) 2008 Meerkat NEW 2008

 

 Informative or interesting links:

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

Deer Park

Hampton Roads Parks

Botanical Gardens

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Hunt Club Petting Zoo

Virginia Living Museum

 


 

NORFOLK ZOO

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May 29th 2010

Norfolk Zoo, Norfolk, VA

 

We go to the Zoo every year o9r so. This year we took the grandbaby and my son as well as his new girlfriend, his ex and her new husband.  Same animals as usual. We took a few extra photos of things so see below.  Zoo is newer, and now costs I think 8.50 for an adult ticket. Parking free. There is a store but the place to eat is small and little choice of food. You will need to stop there for a drink and it IS expensive as all these places are.

 

Left to right: 1) Giraffe 2) My granddaughter on a butterfly bench (located in the "butterfly garden" 3) My granddaughter on a Turtle Statue 4) The Main Zoo building

 

Left to right: 1) A Lion sleeping 2) Elephant Statues 3) A train you can ride (BORING and costs like 2.00-3.00 I think each) 4) A baboon's "rainbow butt"

 

Left to right: 1) A baby groundhog 2) Bongo 3) Elephans

 

 Informative or interesting links:

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

Deer Park

Hampton Roads Parks

Botanical Gardens

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Hunt Club Petting Zoo

Virginia Living Museum

 


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