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Lifetime of Memories
Charisa Parker
47 Years at the zoo

My favorite zoo memory is more a collection of memories! It was my kindergarten field trip in 1980! Even before that, it was a fun family destination. I remember a hippo pool and always wanting to drink from the lion fountain! I was thrilled in recent years to see that fountain and watch my own daughter drink from it! My earliest memories of the Houston Zoo are of a very sunny place. Kudos to whoever thought to plant trees so many years ago! What a difference they make! In my lifetime, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with elephants, at times in my childhood, somewhat afraid of them, but after seeing Baylor on the day he was introduced to the public, they are by far my favorite animal to visit at the zoo. I’m always thrilled with the new babies and never visit the zoo without seeing the elephants.
My father passed away this past August and in going through photo albums, I was surprised at how many pictures there were of us at the zoo. 1 picture in particular caught my eye and potentially explains my feelings about elephants. I had to look very closely to see if it was real, as I have no recollection of this event! Notice my little leg!
My daughter’s favorite animals to visit are the giraffes. I guess those close up encounters really do make all the difference! Thank you , Houston Zoo, for a lifetime of memories!

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