When I walked through the gates, the first thing I saw was one of the ubiquitous stray cats that inhabit every crevice of Buenos Aires. No big surprise there.
|Maras and Vicuna|
|Maras, Muskovies and Giraffes|
|Feeding the Maras|
|Maras and Southern Screamer|
|Ho hum--just another Mara|
|Empty Condor Cage (Apartment building in background)|
|Elephants with high rise apartment in background|
|Seals and school children|
|Nutria visiting the Gnu|
|Nutria visiting the Anteater|
Walking around, I saw a turtle on the path, Muskovy Ducks, Southern Screamers, Guinea fowl moving in and out of the bushes, and Peacocks everywhere, strutting their stuff. One male Peacock cornered a family, fluffed out his feathers and rattled them in a defensive display, causing a little boy to shriek in terror. I followed one around for a while, trying to get a good closeup of the eyes on the tail, and it finally scurried into the bushes to hide from me. But not very well.
|Turtle on the path|
|Southern Screamers (Chauna torquata)|
|Peacock Scaring Children|
|There is no Peacock here|
One highlight of the zoo trip was finding that the trees by the lagoon were full of Egret nests and Black Crowned Night Herons. The palm trees were loaded with Egrets and chicks. I really wished that I had my large telephoto to catch some of those little chicks. The palm trees looked like high rise apartment buildings, with a nest at every level. In another location I saw a pair of lovers embracing under a tree, totally unaware of the numerous Night Herons perched overhead.
|Zoos Help us Connect With Nature|
Post Script, July 2016: Out of concern for the welfare and dignity of zoo animals, officials in Buenos Aires will close the zoo this year and relocate most of the animals to nature preserves around Argentina. The zoo space will be converted to an educational eco park and a number of animals will remain there because there were problems finding suitable spaces for them. You can read more about the story here and here.