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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