We met up with our friends this morning for a trip to London Zoo. It was very cold and it rained from time to time. It some ways, it was not the ideal sort of day to go to the zoo. It was obvious that the inmates were affected by the cold. Many were hidden away in their nests and inner sanctums but a few of the hardier breeds were out and about.
For example, this Sacred Ibis came and posed for the camera on a nearby handrail.
The ibises seemed quite lively and were moving about busily, searching for food, while other birds preferred to remain still, like these White Faced Owls dozing on their perch.
Some inmates were lucky enough to have outdoor heaters in their compounds. This meercat was obviously enjoying basking under one of theirs!
As well as the cold, we all, humans and animals, had to contend with showers of rain. I think this was a particular disincentive for the topical zone species.
Certain species are perennial favourites while others are less favoured and receive less attention. As an example, consider this splendid fellow. I think he’s rather handsome, actually.
A lovely place to go on a cold day is the Butterfly Paradise. Here you can wander freely in a delightfully warm atmosphere (warm enough to fog spectacles and camera lenses when we entered!) and share the space with these delicately beautiful and colourful creatures.
Atlas Moths are the giants in this little world. These remained quite still underneath a notice saying “Please do not disturb”.
After a visit to this tropical paradise, we trekked back to North London and had dinner at Carluccio’s in Upper Street, Islington. Afterwards, I took this photo while waiting at the bus stop. I found the contrast intriguing.