By : Hatem Dhwibi

 

The idea of going to Tulsa just hit my mind, it was 9 pm. I wanted to start the day early so I made a reservation, grabbed a few things and started on the road at 10 pm. I spent the rest of the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, a very pleasant and comfortable place.  I woke up at 8 am, had a coffee with my companion, enjoying the hotel’s view, then checked out and ran towards the zoo.

I would like to start narrating from the end because what I saw on my way out was really interesting. The place inside was really crowded when I was getting ready to leave, it was around midday. On my way out, there was a long line of people checking in, thousands of feet. After pedestrians, starts another very long line of vehicles coming in. I drove by about a mile or two until the end of the line.

The zoo is marvelous. Guests are given a map in the entrance so they know where they are supposed to be going. I’m really bad with maps, I hope I won’t have to use a map again. The zoo was a perfect place to have fun and learn about the wild life at the same time. I have seen animals I have never seen before, and I have seen what I haven’t known before too.

The tiger was the best I saw but he was taking a nap and I didn’t want to bother him for security reasons. I have seen turtles before, but in this zoo was the first time I see a giant turtle. I almost believed that ninja turtles exist when I saw them. I love birds. I saw a colored one standing on a tree with pride. She looks like a pigeon except that she was red with green wings, white head and yellow beak. This bird is called ‘Wompoo Fruit Dove’ or ‘Ptilinopus Magnificus’, named for their hooting call, they are often heard than seen. With such colors, it’s going to be hard to see them amongst the forest canopy. They are usually found in pairs rather than flocks, so romantic.

Unfortunately there were no Dinosaurs, but there was a dragon, a ‘Komodo Dragon’. He was looking right into my eyes. I could tell how mean he was. The Komodo Dragons are the largest living lizards in the world, by weight. A great sense of smell allows them to track down carrion from up to six miles away. I was standing few steps away from him and I didn’t know. They are also called ‘Varanus Komodoensis’.

Geese were everywhere, fighting with each other or chasing people. Flamingos were posing for people so they take pictures of them. I took a picture and two feathers as a memory.

I enjoyed the place but it made me really exhausted so I sit down to rest and decide what would be my next destination. Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa…

 

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About Cool Burn Hatem

Hatem Dhwibi, a.k.a CooL Burn. A black guy from South Tunisia, kebili. Born in the second of december, 1988, but for him, he's not born yet. His life, the life he's looking forward didn't start yet. Cool Burn is the nickname he picked up for himself as a reflection of his person. Cool because he smiles, whether its time for a smile or not, he says : "i smile because i can". Burn, because he's burning from the inside, flames no one knows about, may be even no one could understand, so he's keeping himself a secret. Graduated from the higher institute of languages as an english teacher, he got the impression of his teachers and colleges especially during oral presentation sessions. He wanted to carry on courses but life didn't want him to. He lives in big-small city in the south. Big in space but small in content. He says : "dreams is what keeps me alive" He is ambitious, his dreams has no limits. He achieved some and still struggling for the rest. His father died when he was 13 years old, that left him a scar. 13 years after the death, he made the first song about his father called "R.i.P dad", in which he describes what happened that day and what he felt and of course using english language, making a duet with his friend whose father died recently. Music for him is a release, a remedy, so he writes, sometimes he records when able, other times he just keep his verses on papers. His mom is his first lady, he says :" no one and nothing comes before mom even i" Not much seen in his life but enough for him to learn how to survive. Contact info: Email : hatem.dhwibi@gmail.com Facebook : Hatem Cool Burn Fone : +216 28 086 670