Pardon the date in the post. As it should make evident, I took these pictures a while back on a visit to Chester Zoo in England. The trip was a fun from what I recollect. Unfortunately it was also cold and shaky hands make for bad photography. So while it was somewhat memorable, it wasn’t all that successful.
An interestingly spotted Salvador’s Monitor lizard
A rather grumpy looking Baboon, with his beautifully marked blue snout
A magnificent (and huge) Great Hornbill, shot through its mesh enclosure
A straw chewing Radiated Tortoise, out on a stroll
A rather sad-eyed Emperor Tamarin
A large Bornean Orangutan just swinging about
A Sumatran Cub enjoying his lunch
Looks like Human aren’t the only ones with dirty habits, as this Great Sumatran Orangutan shows!
A hungry Andean aka Spectacled Bear noshing down on some yummy cucumbers
Still I’ve picked out a few worth publishing from the batch. Certainly a few gems in there I’m happy to add to the collection. Hopefully next time, if there ever is one, I’ll do the Zoo and its “Islands” justice.
A vividly coloured Caiman Lizard
A young Great Sumatran Orangutan
A gorgeous Blue Morpho Butterfly perched on a branch overhead
A beautifully camouflaged green Dart Frog
A pair of Radiated Tortoises
A pair of vibrant blue Dart Frogs
I wish I had more to say on the visit. But time and other factors nudge me away from reminiscing. So hopefully these few shots speak for themselves.
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.
A motionless Indian Marsh Crocodile sunning itself
The Indian Jaguar wakes from its nap
A beautiful Indian Jaguar taking a nap
I just love their beautiful plumage. Don’t you?
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 pair of male Lion-Tailed Macaques sparring against each other
A White Buck giving me the death stare
So beautifully hidden, So wonderfully majestic
A beautiful and majestic Tiger coming to cool down
A pair of beautiful Painted Storks
A Leopard enjoying some golden sun rays
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 one resident the London Zoo isn’t privy to…
That is NOT a friendly smile…
Just out for a walk with his buddy
I’m just chillin’… Hanging out…
One of my favorite birds in the world…
Here’s the beautiful big cat, just lounging in his shallow pool…
When it comes to animals (by which I don’t mean pets but rather wildlife) I seem to revert to my 10-year-old self. I have always loved going to the Zoo and today I finally visited the London Zoo, having been meaning to go for ages. It was a really great day – walking around for hours and taking hundreds of photographs. Though next time I really will make sure not to go on a Bank holiday. The place was positively packed with tourists and families enjoying a day out in the beautiful sunshine.
I’m happy to share some of the better pictures form the day – But if you haven’t been before I recommend you check out the Zoo for yourself : )
Sticking his tongue out at me. Cheeky bugger isn’t he?
I wonder what he’s praying for?
What beautiful color
Out for a Stroll
Jae Jae the Sumatran Tiger showing off his fangs for the fans
One of my favorite fish to shoot – The majestic Lion Fish