On Wed morning we took the boat out on the lake. It is a perfect size lake. Most of the gators were staying hidden and cool. In the afternoon we went to see the new Harry Potter film. Of course like every good Harry Potter fan, we loved it. We are listening for the second time to the last book on cd.
Friday morning we took a 1 1/2 hour trolley car tour of the Naples area. We were the only ones on board. It was relaxing and especially nice for Bob because he could watch things and not drive. I will tell you more about our impressions of Naples in another post.
After that we had an early lunch at a little Italian restaurant. See photos below. We ate outside and it got a little warm toward the end of the meal so we were really beat when we got home. Of course then had to take a nap!
The trolley driver told us there was free admittance to the Naples Zoo on Sat. from 8-10 so we went there early this morning. A nice zoo, not crowded. We saw one year old lion cubs playing and took a pontoon ride out to Money Island. Here is a photo of the adult lions.
It was 90 degrees by 9 a.m. so we didn’t move to fast. The regular price would have been $20 a person and we don’t think it was worth that. It’s most like the Como Zoo. I have not seen the zoo in Greenville yet.
What was a surprise is they had a new animal I have never heard of much less seen – A Fosa. Less than 40 of these rare creatures are found in the nation and Naples Zoo is the only zoo in the Southeastern United States where you can see one.
The fosa looks like a dark brown, short-legged cougar, albeit much smaller and stretched out. Fosas weigh around 15 to 30 pounds or more and measure around 5 ½ feet long. Fosas live in forests ringing the coast of the island. Like Madagascar’s more popularly known lemurs, fosas are endemic to Madagascar meaning they can be found nowhere else. This also describes about 90% of the island’s mammals and plants along with over 95% of its reptiles and over 99% of its amphibians. The diverse life on Madagascar resulted from over 160 million years of isolation from both mainland Africa and people who only arrived about 2,000 years ago.
It was behind glass and there was quite a bit of glare from the sun so we couldn’t see it very well. It was beautiful. Very sleek with beautiful fur and a long tail. That’s all for now. Have a great weekend.