A tropical escape at the Minnesota Zoo

I’ve had about enough of cold grey weather, so it was a treat to take a pretend vacation last weekend along the Tropical Trail at the Minnesota Zoo. Even without any sunshine to brighten the day, I got to soak up a bit of tropical warmth while viewing a variety of creatures from around the globe.

There’s probably no better way to start a tropical wildlife tour than with ring-tailed lemurs (native to Madagascar).

lemurs at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

There were also flamingos (I love flamingos), but I never got a good shot of them. The ducks, however, were more cooperative.

Tropical waterfowl at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical waterfowl at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

One would think the waterfowl pond would be a tranquil spot, but not here, as white cheeked gibbons (native to Southeast Asia) screeched loudly as they moved effortlessly between trees.

Primates at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Primates at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

On the other hand, the coral reef exhibit was very calm and quiet – or at least it appeared calm to those of watching through the glass. The fish may have had a different point of view.

Tropical reef fish at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical reef fish at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical reef fish at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical reef fish at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

The next area was all about birds, including Victoria crowned-pigeons (native to Papua New Guinea) . . .

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

. . . a spoonbill that couldn’t quite bring itself to leave its perch . . .

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Spoonbill at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Spoonbill at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

. . . a pair of lovebirds of some sort . . .

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

. . . and a variety of others.

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

Tropical birds at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

(There were, of course, many others, but I didn’t get pictures of most of them as they flitted about high above my head.)

At the end of the trail there were a couple of tamarins, including this lovely golden lion tamerin (native to Brazil).

Tropical wildlife at the Minnesota Zoo - ExplorationVacation.net

And that was the end of my whirlwind tour of the wildlife of the tropics.

Now it’s winter again.

The Tropical Trail is one of several trails at the Minnesota Zoo. The zoo, located south of Minneapolis, is open year round.

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