It won’t be a terrible surprise to any followers that yet again, following a hiatus post the April poetry-writing flurry, the thing that brings me back to posting is an urge to share more photographs from yet another Zoo visit : )
A Common Sergeant landing on a nearby leaf
A lone Chimpanzee sulking in the sun
A Patagonian Mara pops up
A wonderfully playful Meerkat at Whipsnade
A couple of Cheetah lazing in the summer sun
This post features shots from a visit to the Whipsnade Zoo which I first visited back in 2015. There were wonderfully familiar sights, but also some new experiences with the Zoo having finished renovations and extensions that were still coming up in 2015. Not to mention the acquisition of a few new animals – such as the beautiful new Amur Tigress (unfortunately not pictured here as she spent a majority of the time having a nice little nap in the corner of the enclosure).
An Amur Tiger licks his lips in anticipation of lunch
This Ring-taiedl Lemur looks like its seen some things!
A rather insidious African Dwarf Crocodile gives us the evil eye
Come at me bro!
Watchu Lookin At!
A Tailed Jay
It was a wonderful day… for many a reason. A gloriously sunny day. Some fun sightings. Fresh air and (relative) peace and quiet… Though I hope these humble offerings help highlight at least one, the most important one even – these glorious and gorgeous and amazing creatures!
A proud Peacock settled into some comfy grass
A Crystal Clear Chrysalis in the Butterfly House at Whipsnade
A Blonde Haired European Brown Bear
A gorgeous Tiled Jay at the Whipsnade Butterfly House
If you’re a long-time reader of this blog you’ll know that I like, once in a while, to try my hand at photography. Now, I am by no means a professional. Barely even an amateur. But I do manage to get the odd picture or two that I can look at years on and feel quite pleased with.
One of my favourite things in the world to photograph is animals, and while I’d much rather photograph them in the wild, being a city a boy I rarely get the opportunity. So it is a delightful treat when I convince a friend to accompany me to the local Zoo.
Lynx on a Log
A sleepy Lion wakes from his 21 hour nap…
A lone European Wolf snoozes in the sun
A playful Wolverine tosses about in his enclosure
An inquisitive looking Meerkat
A European Brown Bear out on a walk
A female Sea Lion leaps though the air
An African White Rhino grazes nearby
A Red Panda munching on some bamboo
Knowing of my love for the furry, slimy, scary and cuddly, a very dear friend decided to take me to Whipsnade Zoo, located in Bedfordshire. And I must say, if you haven’t been, you really should try to get out there. It is just breathtakingly gorgeous and seeing so many of the animals roaming in their large enclosures really warmed my heart. Many of the smaller herbivores were even roaming free about the whole compound, which was an especial treat! It may not be the great plains and jungles many of them are accustomed to, but it’s nice to see them being treated well. Or as well as can be hoped.
A Cheeky Ring-Tailed Lemur
A Ring Tailed Lemur out at play.
A Sea Lion breaks through the surface of his cool blue pool
A rather stern looking Pink Flamingo.
A Ring-Tailed Lemur mid-jump
An African White Rhino striking an epic pose on the horizon!
A Wallaby stares me down…
A Red Panda snoozes in the tree home
I hope some of these pictures inspire you to patronise this establishment for yourself. And take it from me, if you’re a real animal buff, get the ZSL Membership – 3 trips to either Whipsnade or the London Zoo and it’ll have paid for itself.