We were given a fun day at the zoo by Disney and The Owens Group. All opinions are my own. There may be affiliate links.
Today is the official release of Disney’s The Lion King on Blu-ray and DVD. Have you seen it yet? It brings me right back to the first time I saw the original. I feel like making it a live-action movie was great, especially with the casting.
To celebrate the release, we participated in a behind the scenes trip to the zoo!
If you haven’t been to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, you have to see it. It is the largest zoos I’ve ever seen. We haven’t been able to view everything in the zoo in one day but always try to make a trip when we have a day to spend there.
One of my favorite parts to visit is the giraffe area. They have so much space to run and of course, there is a section to feed them. Sadly, the day we visited, it was too cold for them to be outside. Giraffes love the heat… I mean Africa! So, once the temps start to drop, they are in their barn.
However, it was a special day, as Olivia and I got to do a Wild Adventures Giraffe barn tour!
All the giraffes were inside watching us check them out. You wouldn’t believe how shy they can be. I stand at 5’5″ and even their legs are taller than I am. It’s crazy! Picture this: a baby falls about 5-6 feet to the ground when it is born… but when it stands, it is 6 feet tall by itself. A newborn is taller than me.
Just in case you were wondering, they in a cage and you aren’t allowed in there. It is important because they spook easily. However, it was hard for me to focus on what our guide was saying because they are beautiful. Once their curiosity outweighs them being scared, they came over and listened to us for a while.
The tallest male wasn’t shy at all. He ate his hay and stuck his head over the cage. This dripped hay and is saliva towards us which grossed Olivia out. But we all thought it was funny.
If you ever have the chance to schedule a Wild Adventures tour at the zoo, do it! It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. While you cannot take pictures in the barn, you’ll remember this experience for a lifetime.