Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Edinburgh Zoo || Four Legged Fellows

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 froSir David Attenborough, about Edinburgh Zoo, "The Royal Zoological Society has shown not what zoos can be, but what they should be".


And now, for my very last installment of  Edinburgh Zoo photos. I know, I know, it's been 6 months since our visit (is this post so out of date that it's silly to put it up?) but because I like to space out posts of similar subjects so as not to overload on one thing it's taken this long and that's okay. I have 4 other posts from this trip of which I will link separately at the end of the post for you to check out and although I am so terribly disheartened by the state of these photos, I still had to complete the set and finish off my online diary/scrapbook. Go easy on me - they were taken on my old, broken, poopy D5000. 





Say hello to the Grevy's Zebra! Did you know that these guys are endangered in the wild? This species are the largest of the Zebra family and so the main target for hunters and for other predators unfortunately. Edinburgh Zoo, as I've mentioned countless times, is big on conservation and breeding programmes and this group of 4 are part of that.
They have a gigantic field to roam and play with each other, and although they probably don't give a hoot - the view across Edinburgh for the humans from there is astounding.
Male Archie and his 3 female buddies Lucy, Emily and Daniella ;) live in the African Plains Exhibit...usually alongside a small group of Lesser Kudu and an apparent 'large herd' of Lowland Nyala, though to my disappointment neither of these were to be seen during our visit.



These beautiful Banteng were another surprising heart stealing species.
According to the website there are five of these endangered south-east Asian wild cattle at the zoo, though we only spied 3 during our time there. I gather that the little guy who was running rings around the two adults trying to get them to play is one of the male calfs, Kala, born February of 2014 at the zoo and the first Banteng to be born here (though I could be wrong!). Since his birth there has been two more lovely additions in the form of  an adult female and another male calf born the month after we visited, March 2015 which is great news for their breeding!
It was such a pleasure to witness these gentle beasts showing their personalities and it was well seen that the bull on the second photo was Daddy as he seemed to be telling the little guy to calm it when he got a bit too rowdy haha.






Red River Hog - Across from the Mansion House live a Mammy, Belle, Daddy, Hamish and their kiddies. These guys are native to West and Central Africa and although they are not Warthogs, their colour definitely made me think of one half of one of Disney's best duos - Pumba!
Visayan Spotted Deer - These absolute stunners break my heart. Due to things like hunting, deforestation and land clearing for one reason or another, there are only a few hundred thought to remain in the wild. They are one of the rarest mammals in the world and one of three native species to the Philippines. How could anyone want a world without that face?! 
Malayan Tapir - Oh how I wish the photo of the beautiful baby (who's bum you can just see behind Mammy) had come out okay. These guys are also endangered but the male (not pictured) Mogli and female Sayang have produced this georgous little guy who will contribute to the fantastic breeding programme work at other locations, alongside Sayang and her previous mating partner's 4 other offspring.
Pygmy Hippopotamus - As the name states, the 'pygmy' hippopotamus are a smaller variety of your common Hippo, but I have to say, seeing these guys makes me wonder how big a common Hippo really is then! Edinburgh currently have a male and a female of this endangered species, Otto and Ellen, however we only got the chance to see one of them (as you can see above). Ellen was born here and after meeting her partner Otto, they have also contributed well to their species future by having 3 surviving babies!



Last but not least, to end my little mini series of Edinburgh Zoo posts, these are probably the biggest species to call the zoo their home. Samir and Bertus are Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and just turned 7 years old!
Now here is one of the main things I've had people complain at me about. The size of these creatures and where they should be living. Well duh! Of course in a perfect world they would live in the wild but while the world is littered with horrible, evil people, the goodies have to step in and save these animals. Once these two guys are sexually mature (probably very soon) they will be relocated to do their part for their species in the European breeding programme.
I have to say though, for now I think their enclosure had a great variety of enrichment and stimulation for them. Just look at their big special birthday 'cake' in the video below.




I hope you have enjoyed these posts and without a doubt we will be back next year to do it all again (and with a better camera ;P). For those who have missed them or are new followers you can see the rest of the posts here -
Edinburgh Zoo || Lion, Tigers and Bears! (Oh my! :P)
Edinburgh Zoo || Beautiful Birds
Edinburgh Zoo || Monkeying Around!
Edinburgh Zoo || Furry Friends


22 comments:

  1. the animals are beautiful! they're sometimes better off/ protected in the zoo than outside. well treated as well I mean look at that cake! haha! - beautiful photography as always , jade x

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    1. Very true! Just look at what's going on with hunting at the moment for an example...
      Thank you!! xo

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  2. I hope 6 months isn't the limit for things being out of date... I have lots of out of date things then.
    I do love visiting the zoo for a chance to see such amazing creatures and to appreciate them. It's sad to see them in captivity, but there are some great programs out there helping various species to hopefully prevent them from going extinct.

    It's a shame in some ways that the animals started off in the zoo just for our entertainment though. But you have every right to go their to appreciate and enjoy them.

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    1. lol! Like blog subjects or food ;)
      100% agree. Any form of animal entertainment is sad.

      xo

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  3. You always take such beautiful photographs Danielle, and I love how passionate you are about animals and nature!
    This is a gorgeous post, I hope you had a great day.

    Jenna
    | princessparasox.wordpress.com | bloglovin' |

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    1. Bless you - thats so kind of you (especially when these photos are so bad haha). Thank you very much Jenna <3

      xo

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  4. I haven't been to Edinburgh Zoo for a couple of years, we started to going to one closer to home called Blair Drummond Safari Park. Edinburgh Zoo kills me with all those hills, I remember being pregnant at the time and walking to the top, never again!!!

    Great pics, I love the zebras!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. Ahaha yes, the hill up to the Lions etc is pretty mad. My asthma was the only thing that wasnt a fan of it. Most certainly not the most fun thing to do while with child :P

      Thank you!
      xo

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  5. I've never been to Edinburgh, and I generally don't like zoos, but this one sounds like Dublin zoo! Dublin zoo is like the best zoo in Europe or something?! It had a TV programme called The Zoo haha, they also have great breeding programmes and huge enclosures for the animals! Which means sometimes you don't see some of them but it's so huge there is always something to see! Need to back soon, haven't been in years! Lovely photos as well, as always ;) xo

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    1. Oooh it sounds great! If I'm ever across that stretch of water it definitely sounds like one to check out!
      Thanks Amber!

      xo

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  6. These are stunning Danielle! I love that shot of the Spotted Deer - what a beautiful creature. I really need to go to Edinburgh Zoo, it does look like a good zoo and the rhinos look amazing, I love them! - Tasha

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    1. It's a great day out for sure! We were there for it opening and I'm pretty sure we left not long before closing...and still didn't see everything. I think a lot of people with kids etc just zoom round and don't take the time to full appreciate it all.

      xo

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  7. You got some absolutely beautiful photos, I especially love the one of the zebra sneezing(?). The animals are just so beautiful and I'm glad to hear Edinburgh Zoo isn't cruel to their animals - I guess it can be easy for people to flock to zoos without any notion of the animal welfare so it's nice to see Edinburgh Zoo putting in care for their animals

    Paris
    http://lifeinflorals.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ah thank you! Yeah, I think he was sneezing haha (wish it had been in focus urgh!)
      Yeah exactly. I guess a lot of their visitors don't really care but I always have to make sure the place is doing what they should be before giving them my money!

      xo

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  8. Aww I absolutely love the zebras! So cute :D

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  9. These pictures are so lovely! That one of the zebra sneezing looks amazing! The Banteng and the Deer pictures were some more of my favorites. And I agree with you, zoos are fine to visit if they treat their animals right. Wonderful post, I really enjoyed it! :)

    Melissa // The Hopeful Wayfarer

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    1. Ah you're being too kind with that statement ;) haha
      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

      xo

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  10. Fab pictures. People with my condition refer to themselves as medical zebras so loving them!
    I haven't been to a zoo in ages.

    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

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    1. Ah no way?! Thats so cool - I'm gonna start calling you Zarah hahah!

      xo

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  11. Your photos are never bad young lady and never out of date! There is a zoo I've never visited quite near to where I work. It must only be small but I hope when I feel well enough to visit I find the animals as well cared for as these :) x

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    1. Oh these really are terrible, I am so embarrassed to put them up but I have to finish the set of posts for myself to look back on. You'll have to let me know if you go! I hope you two are doing okay! <3

      xo

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