As a parent, we tend to create special experiences for our children but don’t really think about how those experiences would work out if it was an adult-only trip. This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the #MonkeyKingdom and #AvengersEvent. While our trip was a whirlwind, one of the most fun experiences was our time at the LA Zoo.
When was the last time you ventured to the zoo all on your own? Well, imagine 25 bloggers learning about endangered species, cute babies of all kinds, and singing monkeys. It was amazing! We’d started the day by viewing Disnenature’s Monkey Kingdom, which featured Maya, a blonde-haired macaque with jungle smarts and full of a Mother’s love.
After enjoying the absolutely adorable film, we were surprised with #MonkeyKingdom gift bags and our very own Maya monkeys! You haven’t lived until you’ve watched grown folks hugging stuffed monkeys throughout LA Zoo.
We learned so much during our excursion. Did you know that LA Zoo used to be a golf course? This 133-acre city-owned zoo is home to over 1100 animals, and hosts over 1.5 million visitors per year. While I enjoyed seeing baby hippos, napping tigers, and bathing bears, it was all about the monkeys for me.
From animated chimpanzees, to Colobus monkeys with the fluffiest tails, and singing siamangs, I had a ball learning about each and every species. The siamangs were the star of the trip, with their calls or “singing.” Siamang calls are very important when it comes to their community. Each member is taught the call of their tribe, and it almost sounds like a concert segment once they get started. It was glorious to watch!
I can’t wait to take my little ones back to our local zoo, and to see Monkey Kingdom this weekend!
When you see MONKEY KINGDOM opening week (April 17-23), Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/