I have to say this has been the worst year for rain that I can remember in a long time. Not only does it affect people visiting the Zoo but it makes it hard on the animals and staff. The enclosures don't have a chance to dry up before another rain storm hits, we are still trying to get hay (normally all here by the first week of July), and it's been a drain on finances. We can compete against a lot of things but rain is not one of them.
I am sitting here once again looking at the rain pour down and the wind blowing through the trees. It has rained all spring, through the summer and now everyone says it will be a nice fall. The problem with that is our busy time is spring and summer and we cannot recoup what we have lost, we thought with a strong summer we would be OK,
but the summer has never appeared, at least not yet.
I can hear the lions roaring right now even in the rain, not sure if they think it's dusk as they usually are more vocal then or if they are also complaining about the rain. They want to lay out and soak up the sun, they want the feel of those warm rays on their bodies as they slumber away the lazy days of summer so my guess would be it's a complaint about the weather. Even the monkeys are not happy as they don't want to come out in the rain, a summer shower is fine but this constant downpour is not something they are use to. All I can tell them is what everyone keeps telling me
"The Sun Will Be Out Tomorrow" ... sounds familiar
So here's to tomorrow and some sun, it's about time we had some and when it does shine please come out and visit us at the Cherry Brook Zoo, the animals miss you.