Another image from the zoo, this time of a gibbon. I liked the way he was as interested in what I was doing, as I was of him 🙂
I do occasionally get to see Koalas in the wild but they are generally very high up and asleep during the day! This one was at Melbourne Zoo – I like the peaceful and wise expression it has 🙂
Last weekend we went to Melbourne Zoo. As regular readers will know, I visit the zoo as often as possible. These tigers are creatures I always make sure that I go to see – I think they are beautiful animals. Sadly, along with many other species, they are critically endangered. According to the WWF, it is estimated that there are less than 400 individuals left in the wild due to deforestation and poaching, which is why, in my opinion, organisations such as Zoos Victoria are so important with their captive breeding programmes. The zoo had four cubs born in February 2010 which can all still be enjoyed there today. Click on each image for a full view.
Detail of a Pelican eye.
As a ‘friend’ of Melbourne Zoo I have the luxury of visiting as many times I want in a year. Yesterday I visited the big cats and primates.
The last post on Melbourne Zoo for now. 2012 saw the 150th birthday of the zoo, having been founded in 1862 – the first zoo in Australia. Victoria as a colony had only been in existence from 1851 and in 1862 the Zoological Society was given a 55 acre site in Royal Park. It’s beginnings were based on domestic animals bred for acclimatisation into the new world such as deer, goats and sheep. In modern times it has prioritised the conservation of many endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger seen here, amongst the many others. It is a not for profit organisation. For more info click on this link Melbourne Zoo.
Melbourne Zoo has an amazing Butterfly House which was has been through a major restoration project in recent years making it more sustainable. It is heated to 28 degrees C all year round as all the species are native to tropical and subtropical Australia.
A trip to Melbourne Zoo today. This is Dewi and mum Maimunah.