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    Animal Days Out - Bristol Zoo

    Animal Days Out - Bristol Zoo

    Recently we visited Bristol Zoo – a great family day out if you are out and about in the South West of the UK. 
    Although it’s not as big as London Zoo the animals all seem well cared for and we found the staff very approachable and really knowledgeable!
    If you plan your day right you can move between areas and catch a lot if not all of the daily talks about each of the animals and some of the feeding times.
    We caught a great talk at the meercat enclosure and saw them have their food – the member of staff taught us so much and was happy to answer our questions afterwards.  There is a lot to be learned at Bristol Zoo!
    There is a great creepy crawly and lizard area, dimly lit inside and atmospheric.
    I particularly liked the aquarium with its walkthrough tunnel, there is something awesome about being surrounded by the water and seeing the fish swim overhead!
    I definitely have a soft spot for primates and Bristol Zoo does not disappoint. For example there is a fantastic playing/living quarters for the gorillas – the glass allows you to feel so close to them, it makes you so aware of their size and power! 
    We were lucky enough to see a baby ring tailed lemur that had been born recently at the zoo and although it clung to its mother we managed to get this sneaky photo!
    How cute is that!!
    If you get a chance a trip to Bristol Zoo makes a great day out :)

    Little Lion Cub

    Little Lion Cub

    Just thought we would share these photos with you from a while back we met a little lion cub!
    We found out that a hunter had killed her mother when she was very, very young and had been saved and hand reared until she was old enough to join the other lions in the sanctuary. 
    She was very kitten-like in her mannerisms (she even purred!) but you could tell she was a wild animal and was very rough in the way she played.  These are a few years old now, it would be very interesting to see how big she is now!
    (Couldn't resist sharing this beautiful sunset!)
    If you're interested in learning more about the rescue of large felines The Big Cat Rescue seems like a fantastic source of information

    Diving in the Red Sea

    Diving in the Red Sea

    Whilst in Egypt we just had to spend some time in the sea and we were not disappointed! 

    We did a little bit of scuba diving and a lot of snorkeling and I must say, The Red Sea is unbelievable for under water visibility but also the sheer amount of fish and sealife is just amazing.  You can see from this photo that there are just things to see EVERYWHERE!  If you are interested to know more about the types of creatures you will find underwater there is a great guide here.

    To take our underwater and shallow diving photos we mostly used a Griffin Survivor Plus Catalyst Waterproof Case on an iPhone 5 and found it really reliable and fun!  The pressure of the water mostly makes the touch screen unusable but if you enter the camera function before you go into the water then use the volume button to take photos it works fine!  When we went deeper than 5m we used a Cannon Powershot which was a little trickier to use (mostly getting the white balance correct) when under the water. You can find a useful list of underwater cameras here.

    If you ever get a chance to go near The Red Sea I would very much recommend taking the time to adventure into the water, it's a magical experience! 

    Foster pup - Django!

    Foster pup - Django!

    This was our latest little heartbreaker! Django!

    The Dogs Trust informed us that on arriving he was 13 weeks old and he is a terrier cross. I think he has a strong Patterdale terrier look, don’t you?

    He is a very sweet little man who must be smart – he became house trained quicker than any other dogs I have ever known!

    Django loves long walks with his buddy Ninja and sleepy snuggles when he gets home!

    Django actually found his forever home very very quickly but there are so many more puppies, dogs, cats and other animals out there in rescue centers looking for loving families like you!  Please consider them if you are thinking of inviting a fur baby into your life

    Animal Days Out - London Zoo

    Animal Days Out - London Zoo

     

    This is bit of a “throwback” visit and I am sure things have changed slightly and advanced now, but a few years ago we visited London Zoo!  I’m always weary of wild animals in captivity but it was so nice to see such happy, healthy looking animals in huge, natural habitats!

     

     

    There is a huge array of animals, from lions and tigers to butterflies and birds, there is even an aquarium!  The majority of animals have a daily talk which is given by their knowledgeable keepers – if you are really lucky sometimes you will catch some of them at feeding time!

     

     

    I think one of my favourite exhibits was the penguin area, simply because there is a huge underwater viewing area.  It really is fascinating to see the ease in which the penguins swim and soar under water! 

     

     

    I think the thing that impressed me most was the size of the animal living quarters - quite often I felt as though I was the one in an enclosure and the animals were roaming free! Overall I would say that London Zoo is an enjoyable day out for both children and adult animal lovers alike!