Earlier today I headed out to Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA. I've been there a few times each time at least a year apart though. It's located in South Central Massachusetts near rt 146. Its not as large as some other zoos in the area, but it definitely makes for a full day of walking around seeing some great exhibits.
My friend and I headed out with our Fuji gear a couple lenses and determined to get a few great photos. The weather was fantastic and we were both surprised at the amount of newer exhibits since the last time we had visited. And, it looked like they were still expanding as well.
If you've never been I highly recommend a visit. There is even a zoo ride where you can ride a lift around part of the zoo (above)! And if you're interested they will host birthday parties as well!
When you arrive you'll find a small parking lot at the entrance and a much larger one across the street. I have never had any problem finding parking there.
Make sure to take a map when you enter so you can make sure to visit all the exhibits you're interested in. Its so easy to wander off and explore and then realize you missed an exhibit you really wanted to see. In our case one of the exhibits we were interested in had moved from (2 yrs ago) when we had visited last.
When you enter you'll find a welcoming committee. He and his buddy are there, but this guy was saying hello to us.
This chipmunk was not on exhibit, but he was running around the base of this tree. I quickly switched to use the lcd screen of my camera so I could hold the camera closer to him and was able to get this photo. We were both super impressed out how non-shy the chipmunks were at the Zoo. I must admit that I stopped a couple times to try and get a good photo of one of them.
As we continued walking we came across this large turtle exhibit. These guys were huge! I liked the stance of this guy in particular. If I recall this type of turtle can live over 80 years.
Yes I was so impressed with the little chipmunks that I had to take another, using the same technique as before. Last one I promise.
Then we saw the small goats which is a petting zoo type area where you can go in there and pet them. Its a great area for kids to meet baby goats. This guy looked to be the king of the hill.
To the right of this area were the pot belly pigs. They were so shy scurrying about.
Mom came out to hang out with them.
We passed some birds and some monkeys along the way. And we continued to walk.
And we passed this peacock along the way.
We continued to walk on as we wanted to get to the ......... giraffes!
He was super friendly and would chew and look at us. And when females passed by he did what most of us guys do.
We ate something then continued on. I wanted to see the tigers which are always awesome to see. But, knowing people were around they were pacing around and it was really tough getting a good photo. But, I was there to get a photo of them! So I waited for the right moments.
We then went to reptile house, which I had never been in before. If you've seen some earlier posts of mine you'll know that I like photographing reptiles. They often don't move much, have a great attitude and photograph well.
And then we went to say hello to the warthogs.
This is by no means everything that is there or even everything I photographed. There are tons of animals to see at Southwick's Zoo and I highly recommend it. Plan at least half a day to go and walk around as there is a lot to see.
I will be back!