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 wonderfully playful Meerkat at Whipsnade
A lone Chimpanzee sulking in the sun
A Patagonian Mara pops up
A Common Sergeant landing on a nearby leaf
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).
This Ring-taiedl Lemur looks like its seen some things!
A rather insidious African Dwarf Crocodile gives us the evil eye
A Tailed Jay
Come at me bro!
An Amur Tiger licks his lips in anticipation of lunch
Watchu Lookin At!
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 gorgeous Banded Orange Butterfly at Whipsnade
A Blonde Haired European Brown Bear
A gorgeous Tiled Jay at the Whipsnade Butterfly House
A proud Peacock settled into some comfy grass
A Lioness in the sun at Whipsnade
A Crystal Clear Chrysalis in the Butterfly House at Whipsnade
Alright I definitely have to get more organised about posting my photographs after a session/trip… Because here we go again. Posting from the back log – This time from my visit to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens (again sometime in 2016 while I was living in England). Hopefully from now on I learn my lesson and post more regularly. As a bonus though, this post is particularly Otter-heavy… So gets ready for the awwwws : D
A vibrant and (I’m sure misunderstood) Tarantula
Hey I have a rock! High Five!
I wonder if my painter can reproduce the funky markings of this Tokay Gecko
This Burrowing Owl does not look happy to be caged up!
Does this Frilled Lizard remind anyone of an iconic movie scene?
A Cotton Top Tamarin having a cheeky scratch
A wise old looking Six Banded Armadillo
What is this Oriental Small Clawed Otter shielding its friend from?
This Prevost’s Squirrel is terrifying!
I’m just a sucker for a cute group of Meerkats
If you don’t see a Ring-Tailed Lemur performing Hamlet, you’re mad!
Compared to the other Wildlife Parks and Zoos I had occasion to visit the Cotswolds was definitely one of the better ones. Being somewhat out in the country meant that it had large spaces and bigger enclosures for most of the animals, and a really large selection too. Though if you’re a “completionist” like me be sure to pack a lunch and some comfortable walking shoes, because it will take you all day to check out the park… and there are many animals you’ll want to visit repeatedly depending on the time of day.
An Oriental Small Clawed Otter rolling around in the sun
A rather angry and determined looking Male Galapagos Giant Tortoise
A gorgeous and poisonous two-coloured Dart Frog
The Great Indian Hornbill
A shy, aloof Pallas Cat
A pair of Oriental Small Clawed Otters… kissing?
A beautiful Peacock with its vibrant plumage
A pair of Giraffes having a tussle
A beautiful Blue and Gold macaw
An African Crested Porcupine, just out for a stroll in its enclosure
It’s no surprise that I found myself once again wanting to visit the Delhi Zoo (having not that long ago been to the London Sea Life Aquarium). I simply love watching animals – their beautiful gaits, their fantastic plumage and coats, their seeming don’t-give-a-rat’s-behind attitude towards life – it’s simply a joy for me to watch. Even in a fairly small Zoo like the National Zoological Park I can easily while away several hours just clicking away and talking to myself (which is why its a good thing my friend decided to tag along with me today – or the other tourists would have had another strange creature to gawk at today). I really enjoy just watching the animals roam about their enclosures or even just loll about, basking in the sun.
I just love their beautiful plumage. Don’t you?
A motionless Indian Marsh Crocodile sunning itself
The Indian Jaguar wakes from its nap
A beautiful Indian Jaguar taking a nap
What I cannot stand is people who do not treat these beautiful creatures with the respect they deserve. I mean, I understand that people pay the gate to come and see animals and take a break from their troubles, but I have no patience for people who treat the place like a circus! It was sad and frustrating to watch how much people disrespected the facilities – littering away; or the animals – with their shrieking and hollering. So what if the Tiger isn’t waking up and entertaining you – that’s not its job! And when the hooting turned into some dumb fool throwing a small stone at the Bengal Tiger (I kid you not it missed the animal by a foot and a half) I simply snapped and gave some people a piece of my mind. I had half a mind to spend the rest of the day following him around and chucking small pebbles at him. It was appalling. And there was no one around to even report him to.
That one negative experience aside, I loved my day out at the Zoo. From the big cats to a couple sparring Macaques and one really loopy acting Elephant, it was entertaining and truly fun. Maybe it’s just because of the kid in me, but I still see such magic and majesty in these animals. Bars or no bars. Those of you out there who haven’t visited because “it’s so lame” or “its a waste of time” please believe me, you’re wrong. While I admit that some of the enclosures are more scantily inhabited than one would wish and it’s not the wonderful place you may remember as a child, it is still worth a half-day of walking about with a good friend.
A Leopard enjoying some golden sun rays
A pair of male Lion-Tailed Macaques sparring against each other
A beautiful and majestic Tiger coming to cool down
A White Buck giving me the death stare
So beautifully hidden, So wonderfully majestic
A pair of beautiful Painted Storks
I hope these pictures help persuade you to go support your local Zoological Park and maybe reclaim some of your own lost wonder : )
A few days ago I put up pictures form my visit to the London Zoo, which made me realize that I hadn’t shared my shots from my visit to the Delhi Zoo a couple of years back, so I looked through my archives and picked out some old shots to share.
Sadly I didn’t get nearly as many shots as I wanted because it was so hot that half the animals were inside their draped cages with air coolers on ; p
What struck me comparing the pictures from the two visits was that while the London Zoo is far better maintained, the Delhi Zoo isn’t all that far off. Delhi definitely had a larger collection of exotic animals, especially the big cats!
Here’s the beautiful big cat, just lounging in his shallow pool…
I loooooove this tree
I’m just chillin’… Hanging out…
One of my favorite birds in the world…
That is NOT a friendly smile…
Here’s one resident the London Zoo isn’t privy to…