Quick disclaimer! - Yes, this is a Zoo. Yes, the animals are kept in enclosures. NO, they are not badly treat.
I regard animal life higher than a lot of human life most of the time and so would never support anywhere that had any hint of animal cruelty. I sign petitions, I promote causes close to my heart and I have done many fundraising events for animal causes/charities.I look into everywhere I visit beforehand and am well informed that Edinburgh Zoo is one of the worlds best for conservation and breeding.
It would be lovely if all animals could live in the wild but it isn't always that simple, especially because of certain cruel humans that live alongside us. The animals that live here are in great living quarters, well looked after and a lot of them are doing a great service for their species by participating in the research and breeding programs.
Please think twice before leaving nasty comments. I will never lie to anyone, let alone on my blog - what would be the point? All views are obviously my own but I take care to look into anything I support.
I'll leave you with a quick quote from Sir David Attenborough, about Edinburgh Zoo, "The Royal Zoological Society has shown not what zoos can be, but what they should be".
Well, well, well. I can't quite believe that it's been 3 months since our trip to Edinburgh Zoo and suddenly I feel rather silly posting such outdated photos (especially as my new camera is in the family now and I SO wish I'd had it on that day!).
Never the less I am posting this, along with one more to share a big chunk of the hundreds of photos that I took so I can look back and remember the day just like I do with all my other posts.
And lets get going! Kicking it off are the stunning little faces that welcome you into the Zoo, the Meerkat family! I've always thought Meerkats were amazing creatures, even before the days of Meerkat Manor and the Compare the Market boosting their popularity. Couple that with my already prominent need to talk to any animal near me, us being the very first people to enter the zoo that day and you can imagine my child like semi-run to their enclosure to interact with them.
The zoo is home to a total of 10 meerkats. 8 female and 2 male (according to their website), though ILike how Ring Tailed Lemurs like to sit in the sun, these guys seemed to be sun bathing and the were definitely watching the wild birds flying past their enclosure. I'm not one for pressing my ugly nose in and tapping on windows ala Dudley of Harry Potter, but we did crouch down at their level and let them come over to us if they wanted. A couple of them were super interested - I think they may of even seen their reflections in my camera lens - until they heard the keepers preparing their food behind that door on the left they're looking at in the photo above!
have a funny feeling I heard that have just checked back on their Facebook page and am right in thinking that they have had some new arrivals since our visit!
If you were around for this post back in 2013 and probably more since I'm sure, you'll know that Jake is a giant fan of Otters! No surprises that we spent a loonng time watching Edinburgh Zoo's Oriental Short-Clawed Otters then. I'm not 100% sure on numbers of the but I know the male Ray, who moved in in September 2009, and the female Elena, who arrived in February 2010, have had 5 litters together since!
Watching the video about them on their YouTube makes me realize that we were actually pretty lucky to see them at all, so seeing them playing together, gathering straw for the den and generally toddling about all being all cute and stuff. Is me saying I wish I had my new camera back then getting annoying yet? Because if not, well yeah. :)
To end this post are 3 gorgeous little creatures (I know ALL of the animals are gorgeous, but ya know!). In order we have -
* Azara's agouti - These guys are of data deficient status meaning that there isn't enough substantial information to classify how endangered or not they are. We only spotted one of these guys and just briefly as he/she tottered along a log.
* Rock Hyrax - Another couple of guys that we only saw briefly reminded me slightly of chinchillas, only a little bigger with smaller ears. This lovely family had actually recently welcomed two babies into their family when we visited so that could explain why we only had the pleasure of seeing two, who I assume are the two guys Linus and Monstro.
* Dwarf Mongoose - Such a fun species that I had actually never known about previously. Africa's smallest carnivore is represented by a small group consisting of two males, Elmo and Ernie and a female, Elvina as well as a number of babies! We had so much fun watching these guys roll around in the sand, play and hug under the heat lamp and one even being a total poser for us!
And there we have it, if my calculations are correct I've only one more Edinburgh Zoo post to get up for you and at this point it is scheduled for the 3rd of July, so look out for it! You could always follow me on Bloglovin' to make sure you don't miss it, like if you want ya know :) Please :)