Sue and I enjoyed a lovely day out with Jacob. It was his first visit to a zoo, and our failure to visit the lions and alligators was for good reason. We didn’t want the four year old to have nightmares.
He didn’t seem seem to be bothered by the meercats though, whose main threat here seemed to come from a persistent band of magpies, whose diet maybe matches that of the meercats.
This rhino seemed curious, but posed no threat.
The monorail afforded us good views of zebras and other inmates.
Two types of flamingos were separated by a low fence. These are the dark orange variety (as opposed to the light orange variety).
We whizzed through the aquarium area, pausing only briefly to admire the seahorses.
By way of contrast, we spent an age with the penguins, who were fascinated by Jacob’s lollipop stick, which must have looked to them like a tasty little fish.
I was the only one to catch a proper sight of the giraffes, who were allowed out briefly, but their usual viewing points were closed as one of them had given birth the previous night.
The jaguars are housed in a large enclosed area, but they looked quite happy.
The day passed all too quickly. The four year old showed good stamina and was a pleasure to be with. He’s pictured below with his reward for good behaviour.
We can’t wait to go again. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow (36 images plus any added later from Sue’s album). Click on the first image and then click on ‘slideshow’.