Perhaps you’re tired waiting…
Oh please forgive me…
You’ll think about it…
Oh I see… what if I bring you a bucket of fish 😉
Sincere apologies once again to my fellow bloggers… I will be by to see you soon. I really do want to catch up with everyone. I’ve also got some special video footage I want to share too.
Today’s photo location was Edinburgh Zoo and it’s been a while. After a picnic lunch (just out of the showers of rain) the sun came out and my daughter and her friend went a-wandering.
A-wandering too went I with camera in hand… although I was not so snap happy as I have been with recent garden visits.
I cannot deny the incredibly valuable conservation work that zoos and wildlife parks do in bringing species back from near or certain extinction. However, I’m still not completely comfortable seeing the animals in their enclosures… as nice as many are now too with sizable space and lots of interest. I suspect I am not alone there. I can see that the animals are well looked after but it’s just the whole locked up thing.
Yes, today I was able to see otters (Chinese I think), Koala’s, Diana monkeys to name but a few. Granted, it isn’t the same as seeing them in the wild but equally I cannot deny that being able to see these animals, reptiles and birds for real rather than just through books and television screens makes their plight for survival so much more real too.
The zoo was very busy on our visit today. Many crowded around the enclosure of Mercedes the Polar Bear. I decided not to go near as I didn’t want to see her.
Edinburgh Zoo say: Mercedes’ keepers provide the highest possible standards of care and whilst her enclosure is adequate to meet her needs, public perception has always been that they would like to see her in a larger enclosure. I’d tend to agree with that.
So, it is with great pleasure that I’d like to promote the Centenary Appeal at Edinburgh Zoo:
“This year we would like to re-house Mercedes in a brand new £300,000 home at the Highland Wildlife Park where we will create the largest polar bear enclosure in Europe. Mercedes new home will feature a large natural pool set in over four acres of land, which is typical of the polar bear’s tundra environment.” I do like the sound of that. It has made me smile 🙂
Moving on from a tundra environment to the garden environment… yep even on a zoo visit I find myself looking out for ideas for the garden. Sad I may be, but this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed practical structures at the zoo. Today, once again, fencing caught my eye…
To quickly redeem myself I’ll end with a pretty pic for the weekend. A bee on a bottle brush flower… not quite in focus with the wind blowing the plant about but I loved the colour and the moment.
All photos above were taken by me at Edinburgh Zoo on July 30th 2009.