It’s another cold day here in Winnipeg so today is a good day to check out the indoor playground that they have at the zoo. While I’m here I also want to check out the brand new tiger exhibit that opened earlier this week.
Temp -32°C feels like -37°C
The Stones Sheep did not seem to mind the cold.
Neither did the Turkmenien Markhor.
The tigers will be able to view these sure footed climbers from the new tiger exhibit. They already look a bit nervous.
Speaking of the new exhibit, it’s now open but no tigers were in it when I arrived.
It looks a lot bigger now that all the construction trucks are gone.
I’ll come back later. In the meantime I’ll go see what the polar bears are up to.
On my way to visit the Polar bears I saw this van.
I’ve not seen this van before.
I hope all the animals are OK and this is just a check up visit.
Someone commented on the park’s Facebook page this week that all the benches were unusable because of all the snow.
They now have a crew out shoveling them clear. Now that’s service.
Storm and Hudson were in separate enclosures today.
Storm sat by the door wanting to be with Hudson.
While Hudson sat on the other side of the door wanting to be with Storm.
I was told that they separate them when it’s feeding time or they will fight.
You know it’s cold when…a polar bear had enough and wants in.
It is cold out and I’m getting hungry so I’m going to head on over to the Trading Post to warm up and try the breakfast.
The Trading Post is also home to the indoor Polar Playground.
When you first walk in you are greeted by this projected ice flow on the ground.
Kids walk on the ice while trying not to get their feet wet.
The work that went into the play structure is quite well done.
The bottom of one of the slides.
Some more of the decorations.
In the back there are a number of projection games.
This one is on the floor. It looks like ice.
If you stand on it the ice starts to break.
Then it starts to break apart as you hear a cracking sound.
All you are left with is a pool of water that ripples when you touch it.
With this one you find the camouflaged animals in the snow. When you touch them a window pops up and tells you a small fact about that animal. There are about six hidden in here. How many can you find?
In this game you can use your hand or whole body to help a harp seal find fish but watch out for the killer whales.
I got a fish and five points.
In this one you make music by waving your hands in front of the icicles.
In this one you control the colours of the Northern Lights by waving your hand.
When I got out of the Trading Post I saw this up in a tree.
Yikes, good thing it’s cold out.
Batu is sitting so nicely for his photo.
I don’t know what she is doing…
…but she’s having fun doing it.
Turns out I went on a very good day.
Today is the first day the two cubs Samkha and Vasili were in this enclosure.
They were exploring everywhere.
I mean everywhere!
All the while keeping tabs on the other two tigers.
Going in for a closer look.
These a such regal animals.
This is also a big day for Kendra.
Her first steps in the new, much lager enclosure.
She looks so much smaller in the larger area.
She started by checking out the entire perimeter a few times.
Then she started checking out some of the good stuff.
After awhile she found the big hill to stake claim to.
You can see that she is starting to feel more at home now.
Time to play in the snow!
This snow is deep.
Check out the powder.
What is that?
What IS that?
I’m checking this out.
Just what I thought.
A new water bowl.
It says here that this is for horses.
That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed this longer than usual posting. It was quite an eventful day at the zoo.
Next week I’ll be getting out a bit later in the week than I’m used to.