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We went to Colchester Zoo today - we've been members of their Gold Card scheme on and off for years, and now I am a lady of leisure and we can get there in the week, we decided to renew. There will be more photos, but their young male Amur Tiger (Siberian Tiger, to the more old fashioned among us) decided to take advantage of his pool

Settling in to Cool Off - Amur Tiger

I have far too many photos of him, and cannot decide which ones I like best.



The timber wolves were posing

Timber Wolf Head

So did this young Komodo Dragon

Young Komodo Dragon

And the new British Birds of Prey display was excellent

Barn Owl Lands

Even the fossa put in an appearance though, as usual, it moved too quickly to get a decent photo of the whole beastie with my compact telephoto.

Fossa

More to follow...

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It's gorgeous now, with a super breeding programme

http://www.colchester-zoo.co.uk/index.cfm?fa=conservation.list

which includes African elephants and aadvarks! They've had a huge redevelopment programme under their current (Italian!) directors, and have bought up some land close by which means that have been able to install big paddocks for their elephants, rhino, giraffe etc. It's also the most kid friendly zoo I know, with lots of activity boards and rope walks and playgrounds and viewing platforms.

NB: Though born in Yorkshire, I have lived on the London edge of Essex for over 20 years now, first in Ilford, and now in Chigwell. Colchester is one of my favourite shopping centres.

Edited at 2009-03-17 09:21 pm (UTC)

Thanks for that, I enjoyed my visit. Aside from being born and growing up there, I always loved Colchester for the museums.

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