Wednesday, August 15, 2012

On Zoofari!

DAY TWO – at the zoo


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We have had a great day at the zoo and I have scores of photos to share!
To start the day the car didn’t,
…..start that is. But with a push she fired and we were off.
She is a little precious about sleeping outside in the cold.
We arrived at the zoo when it opened at 9am and a group of us hired an electric cart to get around.
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I drove the little buggy! Here are Col, myself, Judy, Peter and Bob
We met the….
Rhinos, this one was a snob,
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the Meerkats, who are very nervy but very photogenic.
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We met the giraffes, the hippos,
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and Cuddles the elephant.
She is the only African elephant in Australia.
And she will be the last as they will not import any more of them.
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We watched the tiger have its weekly feed of Wasaroo. (was a roo)
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We saw the otters at play.

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The otters are very quick and I had to put the camera on sports mode otherwise all I got was photos like below!!
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Then at 2pm we all checked in to the Zoofari lodge.
This is an area within the zoo grounds which has luxury tents.
We also met our tour guide, John, who was to escort us around for the next 24 hours.

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We were in the Rhino tent.
Its great, I love it! Go and look for yourself on the below link..
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Then it was the time for our first tour, the twilight tour.
We had our own little bus and the zoo hired a disabled taxi at their expense
for a lady in our group that couldn’t get up the bus steps.

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We visited more Rhinos. The zoo has had a setback with their
breeding program as they had 4 Rhinos die and they still don’t know why.
We then returned to the cheeky Meerkats.
They are show offs!

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Then to the education centre to see the lizards and snakes.
The old Holden has Perspex on it and is full of lizards.

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We then returned to the Zoofari lodge for pre dinner drinks while looking at the neighbours.
Zebras, kangaroos and rabbits! The Roos and Rabbits are opportunistic squatters.
Our Guide, John, says that there are only 12 rabbits in the zoo, but they move very fast
so that all the ones we are seeing are the same 12 over and over again!
HA HA.
No rabbits in the tigers yard though….
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Then we had a lovely dinner that was part of the package.
I had the scallops, and the lamb rack, but I forgot to photograph the lemon pudding before I ate it!

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Then finally a night tour to see the nocturnal animal and the tigers in their night pens.
We went all the back tracks around the zoo and got rather disorientated.

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Tomorrow we are up early for a before breakfast tour.



Until next time, Red heartRed heartRed heart Kim

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