Monday, April 15, 2013

Honolulu Zoo Lion Cubs - 4 Months

Everything played out perfectly, and I did end up at the Lion Exhibit yesterday.  When I arrived at the parking lot there was a line of cars waiting for spaces, and I really doubted that I would end up with one, but a car pulled out of its stall just as I was about to exit, and I scored!

I was still crossing my fingers as I headed to the ticket booth though, hoping that the "Lion Exhibit Closed" note would not be posted again.  It wasn't.  The lady in the booth said that the cubs would be released into the enclosure for public viewing at 11:00 . . . in 15 minutes.  Perfect!

I headed straight for the exhibit and and saw that other people were just as anxious and excited as me to see the cubs. 

After waiting for a little while a zookeeper appeared and checked out the area.

The cubs appeared at around 11:15.  You shoulda heard all the excitement. "Oh, oh, oh . . . here they are!!"   "They're sooooo cuuuuute!!" "Awwww."  

At first my shots were mostly like this.  That's 'cause I was way in the back trying to shoot above heads.

But the crowd soon thinned out and I was able to get right up front close to the glass.  It's a good thing 'cause in no time at all the cubs got all pooped out and went down for their naps.

















Dd said...

very worth the has tiny bit of looks like a cheetah ?? especially her ears ?? no ??

SW said...

All i can say is..ooooo..wooooow...
awww...sooo cute! So glad you fought the crowd..those are awesome pics!!

jalna said...

I like the spots on the cubs' legs, Didi.

jalna said...

Hahahaha, funny Shun Wah. That's what everybody there was saying. The crowd didn't last long. Luckily, little kids get bored fast, and then they nag their parents to go get something to eat or drink.

Les said...

awww so cute! I'm glad you were able to see them :)

K and S said...

great shots, I gotta go visit the zoo next time I'm home...

jalna said...

Thanks Les.

Too bad parking sucks Kat.

Nippon Nin said...

Great pics! You did a great job! These cubs are really cute!

jalna said...

Thanks Akemi!

Erick said...

So cute! They look so big for 4 months, great shots. Like the 1st shot too.

jalna said...

Erick, don't forget your polarizing filter when you and your club members go.

Jamie said...

you should enter one of these pictures in the zoo photo contest. as members, we just received the zoo magazine which mentioned the contest. i immediately thought of your pictures! think you could win!!! you can get more info at the link below. :)

jalna said...

Thanks Jamie. I think your mom mentioned the contest to me. I forgot about it.