This week the zoo made a big announcement that the Journey to Churchill exhibit will open July 3rd. At the same time the zoo also announced that ticket prices will be going up.
I thought I should head out to the zoo and see what is new and how the work is coming along.
This is not a new sign but I don’t think I ever posted it before. Even if I have it is a good reminder.
The ground hogs are now out from their winter homes.
They run wild at the zoo and the zoo marks each one on their back in order to keep track of them.
The snow is all gone from the Australia walk-about but it is not open as of yet.
The Muskoxen are shedding their winter coats.
The Canada Geese are everywhere but these are the first Mallards I’ve seen.
You are able to get quite close to the geese.
The green house that holds the butterflies is nowhere near ready to be open.
This nest is built and the egg is laid. Mom works on the nest as dad stands guard.
I liked how this photo turned out with the reflection in the pond.
The Alpine Ibexes are also shedding their coats.
The mini donut truck is getting ready for a busy summer.
On the walk to the Tundra Grill they have a bunch of new signs starting with this one that isn’t even fully unwrapped yet.
Next to that are three more signs also still under wraps. Looks like they will unwrap them after the “rocks” around them are finished.
Also new are these interactive signs.
This one allows you to feel the different types of inuksuit.
This Inukshuk is also new.
Along the path they also put a bunch of these smaller signs.
Here’s another example…
…of the interactive signs.
Another informative sign.
And yet another one.
Do you know the answer? Scroll down to find out.
Did you get it right?
One thing for sure is that they are working hard to make the deadline.
Construction workers are everywhere.
Here they are working on the training centre.
Another view of the training centre.
An artist drawing of what it will look like when completed hangs on the fence.
Another large sign that hangs on the fence.
A look at some of the completed rock work.
The inside of the Tunda Grill is completely empty. I think this place will be hopping come summertime.
The view from the Tundra Grill windows shows what else but more construction.
At least the tarps are coming down.
This cat was working the whole time I enjoyed my breakfast.
The TV screens have some new advertising of upcoming events.
Everything Churchill is even advertising here.
Nice to see the tarps all rolled up and ready to be taken away.
On my way out I find another new sign/weather station.
These “rock” frames are also new. This is going to look great when it’s done.
One last look at the Tundra Grill from the other side of the hill.
One of the Snow Leopard cages is being dismantled.
The Zebras are now out and about with a new foal.
The young one likes to stay close to his mom.
Unless he is playing.
One of the young tigers was giving himself a bath. Check out that tongue!
Ack, hair ball!
Tucan Ridge is getting some work done.
It’s hard to clean an exhibit when the animals want to be petted all the time.
For Easter they made special eggs for the cougars and lynx.
Somehow they missed this one.
and this one.
Near the future home of the snowy owls we have another new sign.
Looks like we have a few more interactive signs going up soon.
Looks like one of the caribou lost an antler.
This green grass is definitely new. Last year this was a mud hill.
A view of the construction from the other side. Other than the scaffolding this looks the same as my last visit.
The tarps are still up on the other side of the theatre.
On my way to the exit I noticed this.
Looks like part of the whale bones that will hang from the ceiling.
A few geese flying overhead.
A quick stop to see the owls then I think I’ll call it a day.
These burrowing owls are a lot smaller than they look in my photos.
They are fun to watch.
I will have to do a blog of all the birds at the zoo.
These snowy owls will soon be moving into their new home.
That’s it for this week. It’s a few more photos than I usually do but there is a lot going on at the zoo. I sure hope they are able to make the July 3 deadline. They have a lot done and are working hard but they have so much more to do.