30 April 2012

A little zoo goes a long way

We might not have the biggest zoo in the world


Yes you can walk around it an hour or so


There are no elephants here

But kiwis and moreporks we can definitely claim


Cheeky South American monkeys and macaws too


And a very obliging Komodo dragon 


Or is he....that face is somewhere between grinning and menacing methinks


How I love seeing my 3 boys all walking under their own steam with not a stroller in sight these days


And yes...even at the zoo I can still find myself totally distracted by the beauty in nature


It seems I cannot look past a lovely flower or two


Down to the Roost we go with a spring in our step


And wonder in our eyes


Why hello Mr Tawny Frogmouth - you are a mouthful to say and a sight to behold


And you Mr cheeky Cockatoo - you make us giggle with your ability to turn anything into an antic


And then the landscape changes as we climb into the African savannah


Beholding the king of beasts having the king of sleeps 


One of our favourite things to do is to peep out from inside the safari crates


Before embarking on our own open air Jeep safari adventure


We can't make it past here without a drive and nor would we even dream of trying to

Such is the enjoyment and natural affinity we see in this budding driver


Our friend the wooden hippo is true to form, still the perfect resting place for a snack
and a little contemplation


While graceful heads glide by at eye level


And giant birds seem merely dwarfed in their wake


Today the late afternoon sun brings all the Meerkat Manor dwellers out to play


And with the sun on their faces, these mammals also bask in the late afternoon glow


And at our last stop, the little mammals burn off their remaining energy


Running, sliding


Laughing, climbing


Breathless with excitement and exhilarated by the experience

Yes, it's just a little zoo. Nothing fancy by world zoo standards.

But it's our little zoo.

And we love it.








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