A trip to the zoo

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.

Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis

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.

White Faced Owls
White Faced Owls

Some inmates were lucky enough to have outdoor heaters in their compounds. This meercat was obviously enjoying basking under one of theirs!

Basking Meerkat
Basking Meerkat

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.

Is it still raining?
Is it still raining?

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.

Bearded Pig
Bearded Pig

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.

Delicately beautiful: butterflies
Delicately beautiful: butterflies

Atlas Moths are the giants in this little world. These remained quite still underneath a notice saying “Please do not disturb”.

Atlas Moth
Atlas Moth

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.

Tomb and Christmas Lights
Tomb and Christmas Lights

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to A trip to the zoo

  1. Villager says:

    Some excellent zoo pictures; I’ve only visited London Zoo once, a couple of years ago, while staying in Camden.

  2. Reluctant Blogger says:

    I love the meercat under his heater. People say our cat looks like a meercat (she does that standing up on her hind legs thing quite a lot and she is a similar colour) and I can see what they mean.

    I haven’t been to London Zoo since I was a child. We generally try to visit a zoo when we go to a new place but I haven’t taken my children to Regent’s Park.

    My eldest son loves anything in the pig family so he would make a beeline for that bearded fellow.

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