I apologize to our readers who probably thought we were done with St.Louis! I had read somewhere, probably the St.Louis Post Dispatch, about a new sculpture at the zoo and got it into my head that I wanted to make a trip to the zoo before leaving town. The zoo, like the botanical garden, is another gem of the St.Louis metropolitan area. I have many happy memories there, beginning about 30 years ago when we started taking our children there. And it has changed a lot over those years! On Wednesday, when we visited the zoo, we needed a map to find our way around. And yet I must add that the changes at the zoo have made it an even better place to visit! An example of one of its changes can be found at the free flight aviary. It was built in 1904 for the St.Louis World Fair, by the Smithsonian Institute for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 1973 it served as the centerpiece for the creation of the zoo. Over the years what was once the world's largest bird cage became the home for a variety of bird species, many of them exotic. Today it is a cypress swamp and home to many native bird species of Missouri. Upon entering the aviary John and I immediately identified a variety of egrets and ducks in the swamp, and one yellow-crowned night heron perched in a tree. Cormorants were sunning themselves on the boardwalk and completely oblivious to our presence. I was able to get quite close to the one pictured below.