Posts Tagged ‘zoo’

Belfast Zoo

Thursday, July 4th, 2024 | Life

Good zoo. My favourite animal was the eagle but there were plenty of favourites, too: elephants, giraffes, zebras, flamingos, penguins, sealions, alpacas, lions, chimps, bongos, giant anteaters, lemurs, a reptile house, and plenty of others.

It is built into the side of a hill and is somehow hillier than the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Worse, the cafe at the bottom of the hill was closed so we had to walk all the way up to the treetops cafe to get some lunch. You do get a wonderful view from the top, though.

National reptile zoo

Sunday, June 30th, 2024 | Travel

They have lots of reptiles.

I learnt some cool stuff. Did you know, for example, that an axolotl is a real creature and not just made up by Minecraft?

I was a bit unsure at first. Everything is in one room and you can get around it in around 30-45 minutes. That in itself feels like not much for the entry fee. And there were no talks on. But it turns out they just had the wrong sign up for the talk times and they started 30 minutes later.

Once the talks started, they were great. We went to two, spaced 90 minutes apart, with Dr Polly who brought out three animals each time. She told us a bit about them and then we got the chance to touch them. Snakes are lovely and soft: no wonder they used to make stuff out of their skin. Each talk was 30 minutes so there was a good hour of live stuff going on which made it well worth the visit.

There is a small cafe selling toasties where you can grab some lunch.

We went to Flamingo Land, and we were the only people there

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 | Life

If you have watched Scooby-Doo, you will no doubt have seen one of them any episodes set in an abandoned theme park. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be in such a place in real life, you might want to visit Flamingo Land in winter. Because we had the entire place to ourselves.

How did this happen?

As part of taking Elina away for her birthday, I booked tickets to the zoo. It sounded ideal: the theme park half of Flamingo Land shuts in the winter, so the tickets are cheaper and nobody who enjoys theme parks bothers attending. As people who just want to go to the zoo bit, this was perfect.

Then, the Beast from the East hit. The roads were near impassible and the temperature was below freezing.

We went anyway. But nobody else did.

Literally nobody. Except for the staff. We spoke to a lot of the zookeepers, who were happy to talk to us given there was nobody else there, all of whom informed us that we were the only customers in the park.

Animal encounter

We started by feeding the giraffes. I was worried that the giraffe would eat me but the zookeeper assured me that it hasn’t eaten anyone to date. That’s the way I would lull humans into a false sense of security if I were a giraffe, though.

They have very long and dexterous tongues that they use to take the food out of your hands.

Lots of animals

Despite the cold weather, we got to see lots of animals. The rhino sheds were open, the birds and the Wallabies were out, even the camels and lemurs came out briefly for a look around. Despite the penguins being from South America, and therefore not used to the snow, they came out for a quick swim, too.

We caught a couple of feeding times including the tigers, who seemed to enjoy the snow, and the red pandas, who seemed unphased by it, too.

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 | Travel


Anglesey Sea Zoo (not to be confused with Anglesey Sea Life Centre) is located on the south-west coast of the island. It has a lot of fun looking creatures, including some of the the cutest cuttle fish you are ever likely to see. It is not a huge place, but it is an interesting place. For around £7 each, that makes for good value.

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Helsinki Zoo

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Travel

We dropped by Helsinki Zoo while in Finland. They had elk! We also managed to catch the bear feeding.





Flamingo Land

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 | Photos

Earlier this month myself and Elina went to Flamingo Land. I was quite impressed. We did not go on any of the rides; we just did the zoo. Even with that, it was still a full day of stuff to do, indeed we probably could have spent more time there if we wanted to see all the shows.

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Durrell photos

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Photos, Travel

Photos from our trip to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Centre on Jersey.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park videos

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 | Video

Here are some videos from our trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Lemurs. The lemur doesn’t do anything except lick itself, but another one does climb onto the house.

A tiger. You can see it breathing.

A wallaby. Some children try to pet it before it runs away.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 | Photos

Earlier this month, we headed to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It’s fairly small, no where near the size of Chester Zoo or even Helsinki Zoo, but it does have “contact areas” in which you can go in and pet the animals.


A wallaby comes jumping across the path.


A capybara hides under a bridge after it was chased into the water by a rhea.


A lemur diving through the air.


A lemur jumping off the top of its house.


Elina holding hands with a wallaby.

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Helsinki Zoo photos

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 | Photos


Owls are such posers.


This photo was really dark, but trusting my histogram, when I brought it into Photoshop the detail came out far better than I was expecting.


An otter staring at his own reflection.


This lion was sleeping right next to the fence, then woke up and stuck his head up just long enough for me to take a photo.


This was through glass, but luckily it didn’t get in the way of his eyes.


This was just a gull, but I took this photo after it had just snatched some food and flown off with it.

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