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
A Cotton Top Tamarin having a cheeky scratch
This Prevost’s Squirrel is terrifying!
I wonder if my painter can reproduce the funky markings of this Tokay Gecko
Hey I have a rock! High Five!
I’m just a sucker for a cute group of Meerkats
A wise old looking Six Banded Armadillo
What is this Oriental Small Clawed Otter shielding its friend from?
If you don’t see a Ring-Tailed Lemur performing Hamlet, you’re mad!
Does this Frilled Lizard remind anyone of an iconic movie scene?
This Burrowing Owl does not look happy to be caged up!
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.
A rather angry and determined looking Male Galapagos Giant Tortoise
A shy, aloof Pallas Cat
A pair of Oriental Small Clawed Otters… kissing?
An Oriental Small Clawed Otter rolling around in the sun
An African Crested Porcupine, just out for a stroll in its enclosure
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.
A rather grumpy looking Baboon, with his beautifully marked blue snout
A magnificent (and huge) Great Hornbill, shot through its mesh enclosure
A large Bornean Orangutan just swinging about
Looks like Human aren’t the only ones with dirty habits, as this Great Sumatran Orangutan shows!
An interestingly spotted Salvador’s Monitor lizard
A Sumatran Cub enjoying his lunch
A rather sad-eyed Emperor Tamarin
A straw chewing Radiated Tortoise, out on a stroll
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 pair of vibrant blue Dart Frogs
A vividly coloured Caiman Lizard
A beautifully camouflaged green Dart Frog
A gorgeous Blue Morpho Butterfly perched on a branch overhead
A pair of Radiated Tortoises
A young Great Sumatran Orangutan
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.
Right, well, another Zoo post… I’m really making a habit of these aren’t I? Well… No regrets!!! : D
Here are some of my favourite shots from a visit to Marwell Zoo, in the English county of Hampshire. Tickets were quite affordable, compared to say ZSL, but then it was quite a drive away to get to. It wasn’t the sunny day one hopes for on a visit to the Zoo, but then it is England ; p
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
A Stern Looking Secretary Bird
A speedy little Egyptian Tortoise
A Family of Desert Mongoose
A sleeping Madagascar Tree Boa
An Ocelot has a nice mid-day nap
A shy White Rhino
An Amur Leopard blending seamlessly into the “jungle floor”
An inquisitive looking Red Ruffed Lemur
A Beautiful Amur Tiger
A lonely little Dyeing Poison Frog
Quite honestly, Marwell was amazing. The animals had great enclosures and I’m sure during the summer it must be quite a sight to see many of them roaming in shared habitats. If you love near by or are planning a trip in that direction, take a day and go. You won’t regret it.
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 Red Panda munching on some bamboo
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
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 Red Panda snoozes in the tree home
A Sea Lion breaks through the surface of his cool blue pool
An African White Rhino striking an epic pose on the horizon!
A rather stern looking Pink Flamingo.
A Cheeky Ring-Tailed Lemur
A Ring-Tailed Lemur mid-jump
A Wallaby stares me down…
A Ring Tailed Lemur out at play.
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.
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 beautiful Indian Jaguar taking a nap
The Indian Jaguar wakes from its nap
A motionless Indian Marsh Crocodile sunning itself
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.
So beautifully hidden, So wonderfully majestic
A pair of male Lion-Tailed Macaques sparring against each other
A White Buck giving me the death stare
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!
That is NOT a friendly smile…
I’m just chillin’… Hanging out…
I loooooove this tree
Just out for a walk with his buddy
Here’s the beautiful big cat, just lounging in his shallow pool…
One of my favorite birds in the world…
Here’s one resident the London Zoo isn’t privy to…
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 : )
Come at me Bro!
What are these People looking at?
Sticking his tongue out at me. Cheeky bugger isn’t he?
One of my favorite fish to shoot – The majestic Lion Fish
This guy does not look happy
How’s the Air up there?
Out for a Stroll
What beautiful color
Look, it’s Timon!
Jae Jae the Sumatran Tiger showing off his fangs for the fans