Zoo day! 😀 I had quite a lot of fun at the local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo here in Colorado Springs. It was fairly packed considering it was Tuesday, but it didn’t make sitting somewhere and drawing unbearable. I think the worst of it was just how hot it was. Perk: I got a light tan. And came away with some nice sketches.
Probably the most entertaining was sitting in the wallaby enclosure and having an up close and personal encounter with both a peacock and a wallaby. The enclosure that they are kept in happens to have no fences so the animals can roam as close to visitors as they wish. I had chose to sit down on one of the elevated railroad ties that separated the wallaby grassy area from the pathway and had produced a couple gesture drawings. As I did this, I noticed that one of the wallabies near the rear of the fence kept shifting his attention from me to the gate at the other end of the enclosure. Apparently he’s known to be a little of an escape artist so staff have to keep an eye on him. Anyway, I could tell he was insanely curious as to what I was doing and as time went on, he started to graze and slowly migrate down the hillside to me. At this point, I had a family wander by and take a peek at the sketch I had been working on and I mentioned that one of the wallabies kept moving closer and closer. As we were talking, this little guy comes boldly up next to me and starts sniffing and poking around my sketchbook for about 20 seconds before hopping off to the other end of the enclosure! It was pretty amazing! At that point, one of the staff members comes out and we started talking. Apparently Bentley (that is his name) was a pouch raised wallaby so he was still rather social when it comes to people interaction. The staffer said that occasionally he’d approach people and liked to be touched, but since I didn’t know that, I didn’t want to risk being bitten when he was so close.
Due to the weather being so hot, most of the animals were kicking back and laying in the shade. I was able to see a few live feedings like with the mountain lions, Amur Leopard, and some toads. Good day all around to get out and stretch both the legs and the drawing muscles.