Bristol Zoo

 

31 July 2001

 

 

 

 

The first sight to greet us as we entered the gardens was a flock of flamingos

 

 

 

Apparently, they take their pinkish hue from their diet of red shellfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were lucky that the rare Asian lion posed so nicely

 

Other mammals included small red pandas, a pygmy hippo and plenty of monkeys

 

A mock kitchen and grain store showed off the rats and mice

 

 

 

 

 

 

The okapi rather turned his back on us

 

 

There were dimly lit displays of snakes, bats and beetles

 

Jay plucked up courage to look at the spiders at the second time of asking

 

 

 

 

A Seychelles giant tortoise roamed freely in the garden, other reptiles were confined in the reptile house, including a dwarf crocodile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lizard came to have a look at us

 

 

 

Teresa and Jay enjoy a hippopotamus ride (not real) and take a break to plan the rest of the day

 

 

The big disappointments were the absence of any gorillas on Gorilla Island were they sleeping all day?

 

 

And Wendy, the old Indian elephant, was somewhat elusive

 

 

On our third visit, we found she had come out for a brief shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

But we failed to get close enough for a good picture

 

In the aquarium and in the seal and penguin enclosure, there are many underwater vantage points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sword-billed predator

 

 

 

 

 

Penguins are comical on land, but sleek under water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of fur seals await feeding time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooling down at the end of the day

 

 

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