The first Show•Me Adventure Kids story features the famous Saint Louis Zoo. Take a peak at Olivia's adventure she had there with her Mom.
I love our zoo. It’s one of the best in the whole country, and the animals usually cheer me up. During one of our trips there, my parents told me part of the zoo dates to 1904, the year St. Louis hosted the World’s Fair. So when Mom suggested we pay the zoo an autumn visit to help me get my mind off of school and the drama there, I jumped at the chance.
We walked from the parking lot over a bridge above the street. Animal sculptures – a lioness, an elephant, and funny little meerkats – seemed to be waiting for us along the path. Once inside the zoo, I heard music, like from a far away island, coming from the gift store. I smelled fresh popcorn, and the aroma instantly made me want a bag of it.
It really was a pretty September morning – just cool enough to make me glad I had on a light sweater. It had rained earlier in the morning so everything seemed clean and smelled fresh.
Mom held the zoo map and looked left, then right.
“Were do you want to head first?” she asked.
“I don’t know,” I replied. I didn’t feel like making any decisions after the rough week at school. “There’s a lot to see.”
Mom suggested we see Polar Bear Point, one of the newer exhibits, so off we went. We walked past the sea lions who seemed to be having fun swimming past the people leaning up against the glass window to peer in at them. Above, ducks and swans paddled around the little lake.
We entered the area called The Wild. I wanted to ride the colorful carousel that had all kinds of exotic animals on it, but Mom said we’d do that later. Animals, she said, often are more active earlier in the day before it gets too warm for them. And while it was cool this morning, September in St. Louis can mean warm afternoons. Like Dad says about our weather here, “If you don’t like it, wait a minute. It’ll change!”
When we reached Polar Bear Point, the bear called Kali (pronounced “cully”) was having fun swimming next to the huge glass window for an audience of zoo visitors. He seemed to like all the attention – getting his photo taken, people making a big deal of him, and all that. After a while, he got out of the water and played outside with a tree branch before he laid on a tall rock and looked at all of us, like we were just as interesting to him as he was to us.
“Mom!” I called out. “He’s totally posing for pictures!”
“I think you’re right, Olivia,” she said, smiling.
Camera in hand, I walked closer to the glass window to get a photo of Kali on his rock. After I got the shot, I watched him for a few seconds, smiling, and you know what? He looked right into my eyes. I stood there for a few minutes, thinking he might have something to say to me – but bears don’t talk (of course). Was he trying to tell me something in some other way?
Show•Me Adventure Kids: Making Friends at the Saint Louis Zoo will be available in September 2017. Join our email list to receive announcements about pre-order specials.
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