Feeling ever so blessed,
to be able to pick up and go to the zoo for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy each other's company.
We've been countless times, but we always marvel at the greatness of these animals.
We watch them with great respect and know that we are guests to them.
My personal favorite are the gibbons, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the elephants.
Cousin Gina and her husband Jeff are the elephant keepers and they work fiercely and lovingly day in and day out to bring awareness and education on the plight of elephants and the ivory trade.
Gina is passionate about her job, the "ele's", elephants around the world, and of all animals. You can read more from Gina here and also how you can help elephants here and here.
photo credit: Oakland Zoo
photo credit: Stephen Woo
Each time we go to the zoo, we make a point to try and see Gina. Kieran had me text her today, but we missed her!
We are lucky to have Gina as a cousin and the elephants are lucky to have someone as passionate as she is, in preserving their beautiful lives.
We love you, Gina!