We saw the bears, then the reptiles where we saw a snake eat a mouse. Such a difference between taunting a snake with a mouse on a pole and vampyrusgirl hurling frozen mice at the wolves. We saw buffalo and various gazelly/deerlike things. We watched the peacocks display for anything that would look. Female peacocks, deerlike things, lions, no-one seemed to care. We saw lions! They wouldn't stop staring at inochinoakari as we walked away.
We saw smaller cats and heard the now-familliar plaintive meowling of the snow leopards. The were really quite animated that day. We also saw flamingos and I kept remembering the baby one that kept trying to jump from the wading pool while constantly squaking.
We didn't get to the gorillas or most primates, though we did see baboons. We missed many a herbivore and the Asia exhibit doesn't open until the end of April.
The highlight of the day (for me at least) was the tigers. Tiger Mountain. We took it by strategy. The have "events" every few hours so we made sure we were there for one, despite having no clue what an even consisted of. Apparently they "train" the tigers, which is another way of saying they provide enrichment for these smart cats. They give the tigers something to do to prevent boredom and as a benefit, I got to see one from less than 6 feet away through nothing but a big wire fence. He was a very vocal cat as they fed him meatballs, growling most of the time he was interacting with the keepers. They got him to open wide once and I had a great view of his open mouth. He roared at that point and scared the hell out of a little kid. The keeper gave a huge smile and thumbs up at that point. He showed his paws upon prompting and stood on his hind legs with forepaws at the top of the cage. He's at least 8 feet tall like that. He's a Siberian. SOOOOOO Beautiful.
They also had toys and such in his habitat for him. There's a firehose connected to a garage-door pull inside a log. 300 lbs of resistance. He pulled it like Copper pulls her toy mouse. He picked up the hose with a paw so he could get a good grip with his teeth and then just yanked it back. After doing that is when they started feeding him the rabbit haunches. He loved those and the crunch crunch crunch was great. I could have stayed there all day.
We also saw two of the females in an adjoining enclosure. One did nothing but sleep by the plexiglass partition. The other was running about, packing, sitting in the water, rolling, spraying water everywhere, etc... The best was when she walked up to the partition and put her paw up right at a woman's face, leaving mud on the plexiglass. She stood, leaning on the plexiglass for a moment and then went about her business.