Friday, December 28, 2012

Animaya

Being in the big city afforded lots of fun to us, including not one, but two zoos! Animaya, Parque Del Bicentenario, is a new zoo on the outskirts of Merida and is an intriguing mix of zoo, park and cultural celebration of the Mayan heritage. The tower of carvings dominates the landscape reminding you that we are not far from the ancient ruins that dot the Yucatan Peninsula. 
Photo by Nathanael Van Ee
I've begun calling Pieter an "Oma magnet" as he is always by her side.

Photo by Steve Hall
Photo by Steve Hall
{view from the tower at the surrounding development}


Photo by Steve Hall
We went on a safari ride through the park. It was great fun to be so close to all the animals! The emus were very curious about our queue as we waited for our ride. 
{such a fancy home for the giraffe}
Photo by Jan van Ee
Photo by Jan van Ee
Photo by Nathanael Van Ee
{Ben's sister Miriam's family}
Photo by Jan van Ee
{Ben's brother Nathanael's family}

We found the only shade in the center of the park, at the tower. Pieter enjoyed soaking his feet in the cool water. Some wonderful action photos by his Opa.
Photo by Jan van Ee

Photo by Jan van Ee
Who knew there were so many playgrounds in the world? Pieter can spy these a mile away!
Photo by Nathanael Van Ee
Photo by Jan van Ee
Photo by Jan van Ee
Photo by Jan van Ee
                                                                                                                                Photo by Steve Hall

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