We got up early(ish) and had a McDonalds breakfast – they don’t do the big breakfast anymore – it’s been a while, obviously!
We got to the zoo just on time at 9am – we weren’t the first in line either. Seems a lot of people had the same idea!
We were intending to hire a bicyle and ride that around the zoo, but for one, they didn’t look very comfortable, and two, it was already hot at 9am! So we decided to drive, though by the time we’d parked the car, walked to the nearby (and not so nearby) exhibits and then back to the car and then same procedure at the next car park, we may as well have walked the whole way ’round.
Anyway….some zoo animals:
The African Wild Dogs were just snoozing at the other end of the enclosure so even with my 220mm zoom, there’s not much to see….let sleeping dogs lie… 😉
We arrived in time for the Meercat talk and feeding. They are so cute!!!
Next up were the zebras. There were only a few near the entrance and they were close to the fence, so that was nice!
We got to the giraffe feeding late, but I’d been to one at Taronga zoo in Sydney, so wasn’t too worried. You could feed them yourself for $7.50, but we hadn’t even noticed that when buying tickets. They have a couple of young ones here – one was born yesterday! They were fun to watch:
Next up were the elands:
And the ring-tailed lemur was barely visible behind the rope:
Then the white-handed gibbon – he was difficult to capture, being dark and fuzzy! My camera didn’t want to focus on him!
Nex up were the hippopotamuses. At first we didn’t see them at all – they hang out in the water when it’s hot (and it was really hot!!), but it was their feeding and talk time, so we hung around and they came up. There was a baby one here, too! I took an awful lot of photos of these guys…
Next up were the Asian elephants, and the lone African elephant. They’d just been given some branches to play with so weren’t terribly interested in coming up to show off to the audience:
There was a cheetah lying around but then he got up so I got a photo:
Next were the lions. They don’t get fed in public – probably too traumatic for people. Or the animals. I was very happy to have my zoom lens on my camera:
Next up were the Siamang Apes. The keeper was telling us that their call can be heard 5km away from the zoo, where he lives! They have this big sac on their throat when they go into calling action. It was loud! It looked like they were having a good time though!
We decided to skip the talk on the otters (big mistake!) and go and look at the tigers, since they were close to where we parked. There were two – separated though. The second one was just stalking back and forth along the fence, poor thing:
We tried to find the otters but there were absolutely none to be seen anywhere in their enclosure! I don’t know if they were all hiding or just simply not there. Should have gone to the otter talk…oh well.
Then we found a rhinoceros. This one had just been lounging in the mud and got up just as we arrived. It’s bum had these weird lumps all over it. I don’t know if that’s from where it had been having a lovely old mudbath or what:
We were about to leave the zoo but when we saw the sign for the Galapagos tortoises, we stopped and photographed them. One was trying to mount the other – only side-on. Hope it worked it out in the end…
We finally left the zoo around 2pm and had some lunch and then headed to Coonabarabran to stay at Barkala Farm Stay with my sister. We only stopped for a pit stop which happened to coincide with a beautiful view of the other side of the Warrumbungles:
We had a nice German dinner at the accommodation, and imbibed a little wine before going up to bed for an early night, since we’d agreed to go for a walk at 6.30am!