Exotic spring break adventures

To complete my semester of traveling, I took a trip to Africa and Asia. Of course, these “continents” I traveled to were merely exhibits within the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb.

Before you make fun, you must know that this zoo is amazing. I visited once before with my Girl Scout troop in elementary school, and I loved it. When I found myself with a free weekend, I somehow managed to convince my boyfriend Ryan to drive the three hours north to go look at some animals with me. You still might be thinking, “Even with cool zoo, I’m not sure I’d drive six hours round trip for some animals in Omaha.”

You may be right. I may be crazy. But this just might be just the childhood fix you’re looking for:

Timone

Meerkat Omaha Zoo

and his sidekick Pumba.

Pumba Omaha ZooA sleepy Nala with some cubs.

Nala Omaha Zoo

All the finest fundraiser dinners and zoo exhibits are sponsored by HyVee.

Omaha Zoo Hyvee

Now for the controversial part: A whole slideshow of creatures in the same evolutionary family as humans.

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Truman the Tiger on a lunch break.

Truman the TigerThese guys are taller than all those guys playing in that basketball tournament everyone seems to be obsessed with.

giraffes omaha zoo

Now, to Antarctica to see penguins.

Penguins Omaha Zoo

And back to the warmer waters for these jelly fish.

jelly fish omaha zoo

We even survived sharks swimming over our heads in the aquarium.

Omaha Zoo AquariumBut wasn’t until I arrived home, (interestingly enough at the Shawnee, Kan. HyVee store) that I saw the most frightening creature of the weekend.

jayhawk hyvee

The lesson here? Omaha has a tiger and is therefore infinitely cooler. M-I-Z.

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