Eli did his best monkey impression while we called the different libraries (the night before) to locate a copy of the video.
When we got to the zoo, the first animals we saw were the flamingos. Eli decided he LOVES flamingos. He wasn't willing to leave the flamingos until I signed (and said) "more animals", pointing to the path. He looked back at me, with his eyes huge, and signed back "more??". I told him "Yes, more" and he jumped in the stroller. But, before we could leave, he did ask to take home a flamingo. Actually, he asked to bring home several animals. And when we told him "no", he tried to take matters into his own hands.
Eli was truly excited about the Panda bears. Not because they are really cool looking. Not because they were eating dinner when we got there - but because one of the bears was "playing toys". He also was really excited when I explained how one of the bears was an "Oma" bear (Mommy bear) and one was a baby bear...we've been reading a book about baby animals and their mothers several nights a week.
All in all, it was a nice afternoon. After almost two hours, Eli sighed, sat down in his stoller and said "All done, Bye-bye." We headed out, and as we left, Eli said bye to everyone we saw - and to each of the animals as we passed : ). At the exit of the zoo, we heard music. I asked Eli what instrument was playing, and he (correctly) said "Trombone!". So we took a quick detour to find the trombone player. I think it's really funny to have a little one who knows several instruments by ear - but his favorite BY FAR is the trombone - his Grandpa's instrument. Not even Patrick's trumpet is as interesting : ).