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Zoo Days

Meerkat on Watch
Gorilla Eats
Orangutan
Lion Drinks

From a quick visit to Melbourne Zoo.

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Animals

Meerkats Meet GoPro

Was playing around with the GoPro at the zoo yesterday. I think the meerkats must have thought it was a snake or something, they didn’t like the intrusion.

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Animals Daily Life

Notes to self 0001:

  • feed cat well before bed time so he doesn’t wake you at 2:45am to go out to “do his business” (as nan used to say). 😴
  • have an old towel next to the bed so when JoTheDoggin pukes you don’t have to catch it in your hand as you pick her up and run for the back door.
  • stop secretly wishing you were the one who could sleep through all this happening.

Thankfully with Joey, I woke when I felt her stomach convulsing and then heard her heave… We made it almost to the laundry, before my hand had to save the carpet from her bright yellow bile-filled frothy puke. Better my hand than the carpet, one takes a lot less time to clean.

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Animals Photography

Melbourne Zoo, June 2, 2012

What was supposed to be a quick trip into the city, grab some breakfast and stop in at Melbourne Zoo on the way home for a quick trip turned into an all day adventure. But that’s what happens when you invite Kathryn along for the ride. I don’t know where she gets her energy, seriously.

But far from disappointed that my plans went astray, we had a great day and grabbed some photos along the way. There’s not much more to say, oh, other than, if you haven’t seen it, check out the new Baboon enclosure.

The Baboons have been at the Melbourne Zoo since 1948. I’m pretty sure since that time, until now, they have been kept in a long cyclone fenced concrete enclosure. It was horrible. The years would pass and other animals would receive upgrades while the poor Baboons remained on concrete, never getting to touch earth beneath their feet. Thankfully that has now changed. Guess they were waiting to move everyone else around first.

While I was so impressed, almost to joyful relief, I didn’t really take many photos of the Baboons or their new enclosure. The day was far too bright at the time and we never made our way back on this trip. But that’s the best thing about being a “Friends of the Zoo” member, we can go back again and again.

Melbourne Zoo Map
Because it’s changed so often I thought I’d include a recent map.

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Lion Through Cage
Lions

Baboons
Baboons

Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat
Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat
Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Seal Watchers
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Seals

Emu
Emu
Grey Kangaroo
Grey Kangaroo

Chimping Tigers
Chimping at my camera to check out the tiger shots.
Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger

Way Back For Elephant Village
Asian Elephant
Baby Elephant - Ongard
Mum and baby
Bull Elephant
Asian Elephants

Silverback in bronze
Female Gorilla
Gorillas were a little shy on this cold winter’s day.

Melbourne Zoo June 2012
Melbourne Zoo June 2012
Melbourne Zoo June 2012
Melbourne Zoo June 2012
Orangutan playing with water.
Hiding out
Orangutans

On the lookout
Meerkat babies
Meerkats

Butterfly
Butterfly
Butterfly
Butterfly Detail
Butterflies

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard

Finch
Finch

Black-Capped Capuchin
Black-Capped Capuchin
Gibbon
Gibbon
Gibbon
Gibbon
Mandrill with Box
Mandrill with Box

Two green tree frogs
Green Tree Frog
Quiet Frogs
Frogs

Exit, Stage Left

Wow that’s a lot of photos. And there’s more in my Flickr Collection for Melbourne Zoo.