Spring break

Today is the final day of spring break here in Winnipeg and what better place to spend it than at the zoo to see how the Polar Bears are doing. Temp 1°C 

First think you notice are the price increases posted at the front gate.

First thing you notice are the price increases posted at the front gate. For a look at the old prices visit one of my older posts. The link can be found below.

https://assiniboinecentral.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/warmer-weather-a-great-day-to-visit-the-zoo/

 

 

From what I overheard in line nobody was upset mainly because of all the work going into the zoo.

From what I overheard in line nobody was upset mainly because of all the improvements going on at the zoo.

 

More siding going up on the new entrance.

More siding going up on the new entrance.

 

 

The windows between the two buildings are now all installed.

The windows between the two buildings are now all installed.

 

 

 

The drinking fountains are still frozen solid but should be in operation in about a month or so.

The drinking fountains are still frozen solid but should be in operation in about a month or so.

 

 

This is my first visit this year that I'm seeing the arrival of Canada Geese.

This is my first visit this year where I’m seeing the arrival of Canada Geese.

 

 

They have already paired up and are claiming any and every patch of grass they can find.

They have already paired up and are claiming any and every patch of grass they can find.

 

 

The geese are more then willing to pose for a photo or two.

The geese are more than willing to pose for a photo or two.

 

 

Everyone is heading strait to the Polar Bear area to hear the Polar Bear Talks. They happen every morning at 10:30 during the entire spring break.

Everyone is heading straight to the Polar Bear area to hear the Polar Bear Talks. They happen every morning at 10:30 during spring break.

 

 

More gates...or at least I think these are gates are up in the construction area.

More gates, or at least I think these are gates, are up in the construction area.

 

 

The current entrance area to bear area.

The current entrance area to bear area.

 

 

I made it just in time to catch the entire talk by this interesting and informative zoo keeper.

I made it just in time to catch the entire talk by this interesting and informative zoo keeper.

 

 

There was a decent sized crowd that asked some great questions.

There was a decent sized crowd that asked some great questions.

 

 

I now know where the black bear is. If you visit the zoo in the next little while the black bear is just waking up from hibernation. He is up a few hours a day and is behind this inclosure that can be found at the end of the bear exhibit. He is kept away from the public for obvious reasons.  Last year at this time he was up and already eating, that just shows you the type of winter we are having.

Now I know where the black bear is. If you visit the zoo in the next little while the black bear is just waking up from hibernation. He is up a few hours a day and has not eaten yet. He is behind this enclosure that can be found at the end of the bear exhibit and is kept away from the public for obvious reasons.
Last year at this time he was up and already eating, that just shows you the type of winter we are having.

 

 

Hudson and Storm were in one enclosure while Kaska and Aurora were in another.

Hudson and Storm were in one enclosure while Kaska and Aurora were in another.

 

 

Hudson pulled a mussel a few days ago and has been on pain killers and on his own. Today he was able to play with Storm again.

Hudson pulled a muscle a few days ago and has been on pain killers and on his own. Today he was able to play with Storm again.

 

 

When you visit our zoo and what two know witch bear is witch. Hudson is bigger and has a much whiter coat, Storm has a more yellow coat.

When you visit our zoo and want to know which bear is which, Hudson is bigger and has a much whiter coat, and Storm has a more yellow coat. Anyone care to guess the reason for the difference in coat colours? Type your answers in the comments below. 

 

 

Storm enjoying some water after breaking some winter ice by doing what I call the CPR move.

Storm enjoying some water after breaking some winter ice by doing what I call the CPR move. This is a natural thing that bears like these would do in the wild.

 

 

Here Hudson demonstrates the CPR move.

Here Hudson demonstrates the CPR move on this barrel.

 

 

Find your spot...

Find your spot…

 

 

...and press with all your weight.

…and press with all your weight. Do this over and over until the ice breaks.

 

 

A nice shoot of Aurora and her poor forehead.

A nice shot of Aurora and her poor forehead.

 

 

Whenever the big boys play you see a crowd.  Only, I can't tell if they play when there is a crowd or when they play a crowd happens. It seems to just happen.

Whenever the big boys play you see a crowd.
Only, I can’t tell if they play when there is a crowd or when they play a crowd happens. It just seems to happen.

 

 

Leaving the zoo exhibit construction materials are off to the side.

Leaving the zoo exhibit construction materials are off to the side.

 

 

Construction of the Journey to Churchill continues slowly. Hopefully now that the warmer weather is showing up things will speed up.

Construction of the Journey to Churchill continues slowly. Hopefully now that the warmer weather is showing up things will speed up.

 

 

The Theater seems to be coming along nicely.

The Theatre seems to be coming along nicely.

 

 

It's nice to see the orange tarps are now down from this part of the rocks.

It’s nice to see the orange tarps are now down from this part of the rock cliff for the future Journey to Churchill Exhibit.

 

 

Upon leaving a decent sized line was starting to form.  It's nice to see the people are coming out to support the zoo.

Upon leaving, a decent sized line was starting to form.
It’s nice to see that people are coming out to support the zoo.

 

It definitely was a great day for the zoo. I even saw a few people without jackets. I was glad I was able to catch the Polar Bear Talks. They also had Camel Talks every day at 1:00 and a Feeding Frenzy at the Discovery Center at 3:00.

 

Until next time…

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