Yes, you read that correctly, and that’s exactly what Pack 102 did this past weekend at the San Antonio Zoo.
The Scouts and their families spent the day at the Zoo and did all the things you’ve ever imagined doing there before sleeping with the Hippos. Scouts got up close and personal with a couple of the zoo’s ambassador animals in a hands-on experience, but the fun didn’t stop there. Cubs discovered exactly what owls eat by exploring owl pellets, and even went on a flashlight tour – AT NIGHT!
That sounds amazing, right? I wanted to know more…
“At night, we heard some great noises,” said Cubmaster Colby. “The flamingos let us know they were there, as did the capuchin monkeys (same as in Night at the Museum). The loudest sounds we heard were the Lions and Tigers. I had never really heard Lions roar in person, and there is a primal fear when you hear two lionesses and a male roar at night. I felt I needed a spear and a good cave!”
Oh, my! That would be memorable, for sure, as if sleeping inside the hippo exhibit wasn’t enough. Forget counting sheep, Cubmaster Colby said the Scouts fell asleep watching Timothy and his grandmother, Uma, come up for air every two-minutes as they snoozed underwater.
…Wait, little Timothy and his grandmother slept underwater?
No, silly! Timothy and Uma are Hippos at the zoo! That’s where the Scouts decided to bed down for the night. Because the Pack slept inside the hall, they didn’t need tents, just whatever they wanted to bring for a comfortable night. Some brought cots or sleeping pads, while others unrolled their sleeping bags and called it good.
“Sunday morning was the best though,” continued the Pack’s Cubmaster. “That is when the animals are fed and most active. The bush dogs decided not to wait for [breakfast] and caught a vulture to eat, while the [Pack’s] Lions, Tigers and Bears were out walking…the African wild dogs were running around and looking at the Scouts…”
The Pack watched elephants, zebras and giraffes eat breakfast while on a tour. The other animals didn’t seem to hide as much in the morning before the zoo opened.
“For 2021, we wanted somewhere closer and somewhere we could socially distance. One of our Lion Scout moms works for the zoo and let me know about the Roar and Snores program, and the committee voted this was the place to go. I am glad they did, because it was wonderful! It going to be a permanent fixture on our rotation schedule.”
For more information on the San Antonio Zoo’s Roars and Snores program, visit https://sazoo.org/education-programs/after-hours-programs/
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