Monday, November 16, 2015

The Toledo Zoo - Feature#3 & Name That PLANT

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The Toledo Zoo - Feature #3 & 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!


This ancient animal is such a joy to watch because they are so slow moving.  My sister was able to capture this tortoise while he was eating (see picture below).  

I wasn't sure if a turtle and a tortoise are the same animal so I had to do a little research.  They are both reptiles but in different family classifications.  The main difference is that the tortoise lives on land but the turtle lives some or mostly all of it's life in water.

Tortoises live over 100 years but the longest living recorded tortoise was 170 years old!  

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

ENJOY the following pictures! 
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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler
You can see how close we were! 
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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

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Photo by Monique Ouellette-Fittler

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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 was in the stunning greenhouse/conservatory - it was more like a tree.  The unique flowers resembled fireworks when in full bloom and the buds resembled a raspberry (in the vertical picture below on the right you will see a few buds).  Do you know the name of this flower/tree/plant?

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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