Under colorful zoo lights
we saw black bears socializing.
We heard the high-pitched mynah birds
speaking the language of magpie love.
We saw howler monkeys dance
and put on a show.
They are aptly named for their
They prefer to stay aloft munching on leaves
that make up their vegetarian diet,
so when a couple of howlers let loose
their lungs in concert together
the din can be heard for nearly five miles away.
Do you recognize the ring-tailed lemur
by his black and white tuxedo tail?
Highly social in the daytime hours
they sunbathe, sitting upright
with their bellies facing towards the sun.
Evening finds them huddled together
in a big lemur ball.
We circled round and round the lion's den,
saw him shake his wild mane
and heard him roar.
Tonight the zoo is alive with nocturnal activity.
Could it be due to the long awaited rain
and the sweet smell of thunder?