With over 70 acres, ZooMontana is home to both native and not-so-native wildlife, as well as quite a few lovely floral displays. Come along with me on a pictorial journey through this quaint regional zoo where you’ll meet several of it’s more popular residents, and enjoy bright and colorful displays of Mother Nature.
Meet Zoo Montana’s Adorable Red Pandas
Though small in size, ZooMontana and Botanical Gardens delivers big on cute, cuddly and colorful. And nothing says cute and cuddly quite like these adorable Red Pandas!
Look high above into their tree-top domicile, where they prefer to while away their days. Though mostly nocturnal, these lovable little guys may just put on a day time show for their adoring fans down below.
Did you know that the Red Panda was once considered a relative of the Giant Panda? He was also considered a relative of the raccoon because of his ringed tail. Not any more! These days, the Red Panda is in a class all it’s own.
One never knows when the Red Panda might rise from his sleepy-time, but when he does, his antics are sure to please. Plan an early arrival for the best opportunity to watch these adorable critters in action.
Meet More Furry Four-Legged Residents
ZooMontana is home to other four-legged residents from North America and Asia that are also sure to please. This beauty basking in the morning sun is an Amur Tiger, one of the world’s largest cats. Though he’s quite adorable, he’s probably not all that cuddly.
You may know this cat by it’s more well-known name – the Siberian Tiger. These powerful felines are very endangered, with an estimated 400 to 500 remaining in the wild. ZooMontana is home to two of these incredible cats.
Then there’s the native Grizzly Bear. Not only are they quite impressive in stature, they can also run very fast. Did you know at full speed, a Grizzly Bear can top 30 miles per hour? They are that fast! I certainly hope I don’t meet up with a hungry grizzly in the wild.
Another native zoo resident is the Gray Wolf. Did you know that the Gray Wolf’s fur color varies by geographic location? And it’s not always gray! These wild canines can range in color from Arctic white to shades of white, gray, brown, cinnamon and black, to nearly all black. This Gray Wolf is showing off his coat of many colors. Isn’t he a beauty?!
Stroll Through Beautiful Botanical Gardens
There’s more than wildlife to please the eye at ZooMontana. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens for a colorfully floral display of yellows, reds, oranges and purples, backdropped in fields of green.
Admire an artful display of vibrant red poppies, elegantly posed beside a fence post. Some consider the Red Poppy a weed, while others consider it a symbol of fallen soldiers. It was first adopted by the American Legion in honor of World War II military veterans.
Stroll along paths lined with bearded irises, their swordlike leaves and multi-hued fringed flowers presenting an eye-catching display of color.
A field of bearded irisis in full bloom is sure to brighten anyone’s day, with their multi-colored palate ranging from shades of pink to mixes of oranges and yellows, and those eye-popping displays of purple.
Who knows what colorful flowery displays might brighten a stroll through ZooMontana’s botanical gardens! With peak flowering times ranging from mid-summer and well into the fall, there’s bound to be a bounty of beautiful bearded irises on display.
Have You Been To ZooMontana?
We spent a morning at the ZooMontana and Botanical Gardens on our way into Yellowstone National Park. The Red Pandas alone made this little adventure well worth the detour. Learn more about ZooMontana and whether you too should consider this fun little adventure.
Have you been to ZooMontana? What was your favorite experience? Share with us!
Images by C.Biederman