This past Thanksgiving holiday, my girlfriend Cat and I took a weekend trip to Dallas and Fort Worth to see some animals! It wound up being an absolutely wonderful weekend, and I wanted to share some of the great pictures that Cat and I took along the way!f

Firstly, we dropped off Pullo at my friend Rachel’s house for the weekend, which I mention entirely so that I can share this amazing picture of him:

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Good boy. He had a grand time, or so I’m told! We set off for Fort Worth, which is two and a half hours north of Austin. It was actually quite rainy along the way, making us worry that we’d picked an awful time to go on a trip, but the weather completely cleared up as we approached the city! We stopped for a quick bite and then headed to the Fort Worth Zoo!

Fort Worth Zoo has a huge selection of impressive animals, and some very impressive housing for some of those animals. We first looked in at their incredible indoor primate center:

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Gorillas were only the start of the amazing mammals on display, though!

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Mammals are cool and all, but this place has SO MANY BIRDS. They’ve got an a ton of seabirds, alpine birds, enormous cranes, GIGANTIC eagles, and a whole interior parakeet area where you can feed the birds sticks of seed!

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There was also a cow. Not a real cow. But a well-modeled false cow. We posed near it, and then bought some fudge and gummi frogs.

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Unbeknownst to us, however, the zoo was closing early for Black Friday, so we had very little time to go check out the absolute best part of the zoo – the reptile exhibit, prestigiously titled the “Museum of Living Art”! The trip is worth it for this installation alone – a super cool, stylish interior with very modern animal displays and a huge assortment of reptiles and amphibians.

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After a quick visit with the reptiles, we headed over to Dallas to check into our hotel – the very nice Fairmont, in downtown Dallas! We enjoyed our stay and our dinner – Thai food and sushi!

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In the morning, we packed up and headed over to the nearby Dallas World Aquarium! While aquariums are usually fish-focused, this place is more like an indoor zoo, with a multi-floor exhibit resembling a jungle that people can wander through!

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The museum has creatures from all over the world – in the trees, under water, and in their own custom habitats.

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In the middle of our exploration, we were treated to a dance performance by Aztec warriors!

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In the lower halls of the aquarium, we finally found some fish – including sawfish, which I haven’t seen since visiting the Key West Aquarium as a kid!

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When we wrapped up at the aquarium and started back to Austin, we thought our adventure was over – but a sign for the “Waco Mammoth Monument Park” caught our eye, and with daylight to spare, we stopped to check it out! It turned out to be a one-year-old National Park at the site of an extensive mammoth dig site! We learned all about Colombian mammoths – the much, MUCH larger cousins of Woolly mammoths!

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All in all, a very fun trip – one of the best I’ve ever taken. Here’s looking forward to the next adventure!

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