Saturday, 26 April 2014

Zoo tails....

Another sunny zoo trip. We sure make the most of these annual passes. First a stop at our favourites, the beautiful giraffes. These are Rothschild giraffes, you can tell this as it looks like they are wearing white socks. The young giraffe calves you can see peeking between the legs are Kanzi and Millie.giraffe print baby giraffeThere are lots of these bug hotels around the zoo. They would be a great idea for the garden to make from pallets and filled with recycled materials such as bundles of sticks, straw, logs, bricks and dry leaves. Perfect hiding places for many a creature.
bug hotel
butterfly journeyChester Zoo
A popular stop for Little Bird is the butterfly house with its humid jungle atmosphere and cascading waterfalls. You can push your way past huge rubbery leaves and through vines, over a bridge to a world of tropical butterflies who spend their days gorging on the fruit buffet laid on for them.
tropical butterfly
greenhouse roof
tropical butterfly Chester Zoo
butterfly waterfall
bright butterfly
tropical orange butterflyThey are much easier to photograph that our British butterflies. Who needs to quickly flutter away when there's so much sugar on offer. There is a great behind the scenes view in here of what the Chester Zoo team do. A puparium shows the emerging butterflies (and moths) from their pupae phase. 
Chester Zoo butterfly house
butterfly eating fruit
checking the mirror in the butterfly house
Check for escaping butterflies before you leave!
save the jaguar poster
flamingo feathers
mangrove swamp zooThe mangrove where the pinkest flamingoes you will ever see, chatter and bicker with each other. Every time I see them I think of Alice playing croquet. 

pretty pink flamingoesFinally, a comical encounter in the penguin's enclosure that made us all laugh.
heron in the penguin enclosure

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Merlinda Little said...

Thank you for the Giraffe photos. They are my favorite ever. #countrykids

Super Busy Mum said...

What a gorgeous place and your photos are great! #countrykids

celebratingmums said...

Love the brightly coloured throw and I too got quirky cool. Commenting for myself @kateonthinice and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

Lovely photos from your visit, my favourite is probably the giraffe's and penguins - what a cheeky Herring. Thanks for linkin gup and sharing with Country Kids.

Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault said...

Love the bug hotel - I really must set to and make one of those.

Katie Bedlow said...

Looks like a fantastic trip out, those bug hotels are great!!

AnnieMammasaurus said...

Loving these , and the way you've dropped close ups in too. That giraffe gif is GENIUS!

Shay Noble said...

Lovely photos, looks like a great place to visit! I love the bug hotel too. I really must make a miniature one for the garden x

Jane Burkinshaw said...

More lovely photos! I've been meaning to write a post on zoo photography as I went with the kids in March and we took some lovely pics, especially of the red pandas.

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