Friday, August 7, 2015

As promised, more zoo photos

We're back at the zoo.  In case you missed the first entry, it is here.  The second entry is here.

We left off at the Asian Forest, and we are still on the tram.  So far we have only seen one chimpanzee and lots of greenery.  Perhaps the rain drove the animals inside.

I spoke too soon, because at the next bend we encountered a tiger.

Could that tiny cage really hold that tiger?  I can see why people get upset about zoos caging animals.

You buy a zoo key, then use it to get food for various animals.  Apparently you can feed the tiger.  I think I'd rather feed Bleubeard and Squiggles.  I'm sure they are safer to be around.

After passing the Tiger Trek, we zoomed past the Gorilla Forest.

This setup begs the question do gorillas have cones in their eyes?  If not, all that color is wasted and meant for the humans who are visiting.

Did I not mention we zoomed?
The tram driver was anxious to show us where the elephants would live once this new area was built.  Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was talking about and Sally and another lady on the tram corrected him.  Seems Sally knew more about the elephant project than he did.  Right now, we only have one elephant.  At one time there were three, then the male died a few years ago.  The other female died at the beginning of this year, about the time they started the new project.  Her sister is all that is left of the elephants at our zoo.  I understand we will get several more once the new enclosure is completed.

Back on the main trail and out of the construction area,

we drove past the hippo area.

No hippo in sight, but Sally told me they spend a lot of time under water.  

HMM!  A pretty lousy photo of the lion area.

Two good photos of rocks, though.  Probably because the tram driver had to slow down to go around the barricade. 

Back to our accelerated pace, I wasn't sure what I was looking at, but I thought it might be a bird enclosure.

I'm still not sure what it is, and the tram driver didn't offer any information.  You can just barely see the back few cars of the tram as we were making a turn.  Sally and I were sitting in one of the middle cars.  Each car held about 10 people and none of the cars was full the first night we went.

I still have no idea what I'm looking at.  Bird or mammal?  When I enlarged the photo, it looked like a beaver.  But why would a beaver be in what to me looked like an unlikely habitat?

It seemed we did a lot of driving in circles, and finally came to where Sally showed you could see the hippo if he (or she) was under water.

No hippo here, either.

You might be able to see why the African elephant is in need of a new home!

This is where our one elephant is currently kept.

Here are some final shots as we reached the end of the tram trip.  Some photos will be OK, others will be lousy.  I included most of them, anyway.

Once Sally and I went back a second night, we realized what a waste of time the tram really is.  But it was a god-send for Sally on the first night we went, because she would have not made it two feet otherwise.

Thanks for joining me with some pretty lousy zoo photos and very few animals.  The second night may be marginally better, although I haven't removed them from my SD card yet.  More soon.  As always, I appreciate your thoughts and candid comments.

11 thoughtful remarks:

Helen said...

well, it was nice to see the giraffes! hope you got some better shots the night you toured on foot! I must go to London Zoo and see how it's changed since I last went, which was about 20 years ago I think.. if not more.

Ohhh Snap said...

What a fun day out at the zoo! BTW Keep a weather eye out for mail : )

Viktoria Berg said...

I can´t remember the last time I was at a zoo anywhere. Used to live near a zoo in my teens, went there often and sometimes to sketch, as a matter of fact! The meerkats are wonderful to sketch, as they like to stand still in very pretty positions. Your tiger looks very leopard-like to me. ;-)

Viktoria Berg said...

I keep getting leopards and cheetas mixed up. Had to google it to make sure! And I just realized I have been spelling Bleubeard wrong! (Bluebeard, as in him with all the dead wives... sorry.)

Viktoria Berg said...

Oh, and about the bicycling, yes, the Swedes are a cycling people. Even in winter, many put on studded tyres and pedal boldly on, through even the foulest snow falls and the grimmest temperatures. I don´t though, I take the bus or walk. Cycling in sub-zero degrees don´t agree with asthma, I find.

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you had a fun day out, and the tram journey was an added bonus. But it's hard to get photos when they drive too fast, as you noticed. Some of the cages do look rather small, that's true. The giraffes are my faves, I always love seeing them.We have 2 zoos near here, but I haven't been to either one in a very loooong time!Have a fun day today! Hugs, Valerie

Nancy said...

Well, I guess the tram had its pros and cons! Speed was not your friend in trying to get clear shots and the driver's info was sketchy. But the giraffes are wonderful. It's hard to miss them.

Divers and Sundry said...

I think zoos serve an important educational and preservationist purpose. I think zoos do the best they can with what they know, and it's important to look at how zoos improve themselves as they improve their understanding of the needs of animals. Your new elephant exhibit will be a treasure, I know.

That mystery animal.... is it some kind of ape? My eyes aren't what they used to be *squinting*

I'm looking forward to more zoo pix! :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Thank you E.!
I so love the giraffes!

TwinkleToes2day said...

What a shame the driver went too fast and was not up on his information. Further edification required me thinks. I'm pretty sure the 'tiger' was a cheetah or a leopard ;) and I too love the giraffes. Wee Man calls them all Geraldine after an educational giraffe puppet of the same name. And I think the tree sitter is a Macaque monkey.
Hope you are enjoying a good weekend :D

Karla B said...

Gorgeous photos!I haven't been to a zoo for such a long time!You said you are working on Brazil now. I can email you some photos if you want.