A couple weeks back, Maymont held a night hike for families to get a look at the nocturnal animals that roam the park's grounds. It was a rare treat that some 30 people took advantage of. Before heading out, we got an orientation from the park's animal experts, including some show and tell. Above, you'll see a screech owl that lives at Maymont (probably the same one in the dark part of the aquarium gallery).
This de-scented and de-clawed skunk lives at the park. Did you know they mostly come out at night?
Everybody got to pet this corn snake before heading out into the dark park to find some night creatures ourselves.
Pictures can't do justice to the tour, as it was too dark for to get good 'film' exposure. The biggest asset were the red spotlights that the staff pointed up into the trees and down into the ravines. We immediately saw a raccoon climbing a tree, then toads hopping along, and bats over-head. Here is one wild child holding a flash-light that was instrumental in keeping track of his past-bedtime movements.