Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Toledo Zoo - Feature#10 & Name That PLANT

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Zoo_zpsxsfr8jab.jpg

The Toledo Zoo - Feature #10 & Name That PLANT

The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio has been voted one of the top 10 Zoos in the country!  I have lived in this area for 20 years and this past September 2015 is the first time that I have ever visited this special place.  Now I am asking myself: "Why did it take me so long?".

I had the pleasure of visiting the zoo with my sister & brother-in-law and my precious twin nieces.  It was such a blessing to experience this amazing zoo with my 10 year old nieces.

Each week I will feature one animal and one plant (asking for your help in identifying some of the plants) - ENJOY!

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
Feature #10 - HIPPOPOTAMUS

The "HIPPO" is the third largest type of land mammal after the elephant and rhinoceros.  Even though the hippopotamus resembles a pig they are not related - the hippo's closest relative is the whale.  The most common hippo is semiaquatic and these hippos that I saw at the zoo must have been that type of hippo (as you can see by these pictures - they are amazing underwater pictures.  The Toledo Zoo has a room with a glass wall showing the hippo area both under water & above water).  The hippopotamus is very unpredictable and aggressive and is therefore viewed as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.   

Checkout these great pictures taken by my sister:

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo ZooPlant_zpsr65gpd2s.jpg

I went to the zoo to look at animals but found myself mostly taking pictures of plants.
Many of the plants around the zoo exhibits and buildings I had never seen before (and unfortunately they were not labeled), so I decided to include a section asking for your help.  The featured plant today is a very unusual berry plant - the berries are the most pale pink in color.  I do NOT know the answer to this one - please help and leave your guess in the comments.

Please leave your answer in the comment section below & have fun!
Identify the plant below:

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


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