My daughter and I were very excited about our trip...
my hubby and son...not so much! But we did end up having a wonderful day, the temperatures were in the 80's so the animals were feeling good! The elephant statue below is always feeling good! ;-)
The Zoo opened 104 years ago and boasts lots of beauty in its historic architecture.
Below is a 1933 postcard of the Reptile house built in 1927.
The interior details are just incredible. The pretty columns and all that gilt work...
the iron railings...
and the beautiful light fixtures! The chain hangs from a metal snake and look at the tassels hanging from the bottom of the globes. So gorgeous!
Below is a photo of one of the many windows on the outside of this building. Don't you just love the detail of the wrought iron?
The next postcard is of the Monkey house. It opened in 1925.
An interior view of the windows with white railings...
and a sweet little monkey wondering what in the world I am doing!
The 1919 postcard below is of the Large Animal House. It opened in 1916 and was later used as the Lion House.
In 1919 the Elephant heads were moved to this building, the elephants do not reside in this building though.
They are here in more of a natural habitat area. Mama and baby were so much fun to watch that day.
In the below vignette I have used two 1920's or so postcards showing the newly constructed open air bear pits and a few vintage Zoo souvenirs.
And now for the oldest structure at the Zoo. The 1914 postcard below is the birdcage that was built by the Smithsonian Institution for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
The flamingo's are always a favorite of mine...
The birdcage is now used as a Cypress Swamp area for many birds but there is also a Bird House at the Zoo. I do not have a postcard of this building but I took an interior photo of one of the many pillars. I liked the detail of the birds and flowers. Sorry it's not very clear.
The outside of the building had lots of pretty details. I just love the peacocks and look at the penguin on top of the pillar! (on the top right)
More flamingo's and penguins...
After showing you all that wonderful architecture I'll share with you just a few of my favorite animal pics.
So as you can tell...I REALLY love the Zoo. So much so that I even decorated the kids bathroom with animal ceramic tile that I bought at the Zoo back in 2010, their Zootennial year.
I have the tile going all the way around the room, alternating them with plain blue tile.
Pictured below is a close up the Zoo souvenirs that are next to the giraffe's hoof. FYI-the stuffed toy giraffe is only in this spot for the picture.
Here are all the animal tile that I bought. I only got 10, luckily the room is small because the tile were not cheap!
Thank you for coming along on our Zoo trip, we hope you had a fabulously "wild" time!
I want to thank Pamela over at TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY and
Cindy over at AMAZE ME MONDAY for featuring my "Changes in the Parlor" post as one of the most viewed posts.
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