Today a small group of RMC members and some animal-loving friends adventured east of campus to the Biodome! And what a time was had! Upon entering the strange structure that was the Olympic velodrome in 1976, we realized that we had not accounted for the crowds, and thus hopped in the long line after a quick energizing snack.
The first area we passed through mimicked a rainforest habitat, and we welcomed the moist air and warmer temperature. Some of the animals that we saw included the adorable Golden lion tamarin, Scarlet macaws, Military macaws, a Capybara, bats, two Callimicos (looked like the tamarins, but were black, and supposedly have a repertoire of 40 different vocalizations)! There were also three very sedentary Caïmans paying no mind to the tortoise wandering around their swimming pool. As we were about to enter another ‘ecosystem’, we were fortunate enough to spot the Two toed sloth high up in the tree tops, although it only looked like a furry lump from such a distance. It was still a small victory for our very sloth-loving group.
We moved onto the other exhibits, and saw a Beaver paddling about before he hopped ashore to nibble on a twig, as well as a Porcupine doing absolutely nothing in his tree. Also in this area were the three baby – although they have grown quite a bit since their June birth – Lynxes. We were able to see all three of them wake up from their naps, and give us a yawn, a blink, and then settle back down. The crowd was fawning over these little ones, and I must admit that I was emitting high-pitched squeals of joy every time one of them moved.
The last leg of the visit brought us to the Puffin and Penguin habitats. What adorable little creatures Puffins are, they sort of seem like bumbling little old men in the most wonderful of ways. The penguins were a huge attraction, especially for the younger children and the RMC’s VP Communications, Jane. At the Biodome, they house four different species, and it really is striking to see the differences in form and plumage! We were also wondering why a large portion of the Penguins seemed to be staring at the back wall of the enclosure with their backs to the audience…perhaps they were on a food strike?
When we were tired of watching the Penguins flit in and out of the water, we took our leave of the Biodome and returned to our respective abodes. All in all, it was a real treat to see all the animals (especially the sloth), and to discover that the Biodome is both easily accessible by metro and very inexpensive for a leisurely afternoon activity (talking to all the students out there)!
If you want to know what fun excursion the Redpath Museum Club will be going on next, make sure to request membership on our Facebook page!