A free zoo.
A zoo filled with rescued animals.
A zoo with signs that are informative
That describes Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora, Illinois.
The caged birds usually make me sad.
But these feathered friends had broken wings or detached retinas or other injuries which made it impossible for them to be returned safely to the wild. Other rescue organizations sent them to Phillips Park, and FlapJilly and her minions enjoyed them in the gloom.
The zoo makes accommodations for its differently abled beasts.
This bird's injuries made it impossible to fly.
Falling off a high perch would be dangerous, so the branches are set low to the ground.
The white wolves were fascinating
and the peacocks preening were spectacular, though hard to photograph.
At the end, we said good-bye to the mastodont
and went home for lunch and a nap.
It was a lovely Monday morning.