May 2nd, 2006

krazy koati

I didn't meet you in the jungle

Finally I got Livejournal Galleries set up so I can share pictures, here, of my last trip to the zoo. They're renovating the dickens out of the place, and I have reason to think they're not even close to being done. I had mentioned trouble with the humidity making foggy pictures. It did give some pictures a pleasant atmosphere, like that of the greater Malay mousedeer. The otters and binturongs have a new exhibit, and the otters continue to be ready for activity, by which they mean food. The binturongs, in what I must warn you is a cute picture, still hang out and do nothing.

This raccoon, pretty near every time I visit, hangs out in this tree, raising the question of whether small mammals experience gravity the way humans do. As usual, the afternoon got rain. When the rain got heavier I got a picture showing the whole enclosure. And for this one ... ``I keep thinking that it's Tuesday.''

The new Australian Outback enclosure starts with this vaguely threatening box. It includes a panel asking those who climb into the trap, ``Boomer + Flyer = ?''. Another panel repeats the unfortunate false trivia about ``kangaroo'' meaning ``I don't understand you,'' and I thought everybody knew better, since the story presents everybody involved as frightfully stupid. The overall layout is about the same as before, but with grass and plants to make it cheerier. There's a new spot where normal people can go up to kangaroos, wallabies, and other marsupials, hold grass at them, and relatively rarely be nibbled. One wallaby found my camera tripod interesting, and nuzzled it before I could get a picture. A larger kangaroo hopped over the sidewalk railing and nearly bumped me and my tripod. At the end is another shack with some snakes, sugar gliders, and a demonstration of how big the feet of tracerj are.

Trivia: At the time the Empire State Building was built, there were only ten buildings in New York City with fifty or more stories. Source: Skyscraper: The Search for an American Style, Roger Shepherd, Editor.

Currently Reading: Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms, Carlo Cercignani.