Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Werribee Zoo visit

Werribee Zoo is part of Melbourne Zoo in Parkville, along with Healesville Sanctuary. Healesville is exclusively? Australian animals. Melbourne Zoo has both Australian and exotic animals that can cope with captivity, even elephants who have a large areas that resembles a jungle.  Werribee Zoo specialises in animals from the open plains of Africa, along with some Australian animals. It is well set up and we enjoyed our visit very much. There are walking routes, of which we did one, and included in the price is a tour on an open window bus.

While waiting for Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo, I tried something I have never done before, a close up outdoor flora photo.


Our tour bus arrived. You can't see the second trailer but it was a vehicle of three parts.


The day was cool with a southerly breeze, keeping at bay any possibility that at some point during the day I could slip gorillas in the mist into the conversation. At one point we did see one of the three? gorillas standing and chest beating.


Resting ostriches. They are keeping a lookout rather than burying their heads in the sand. I do both, as the situation requires.


Rhinos, and don't ask me to write the longer name. The seemed rather dumb.They were eating hay which keeps them away from from the giraffes who were feeding too. The zebras weren't shy of ducking in and grabbing a bit of hay but beating a hasty retreat.


I find cheetahs are always very active. I am sure they are not always, but they do tend to prowl and pace a lot.


Hippos, another word I am not going to fully spell, are very dangerous creatures and are responsible for more deaths in Africa that any other animal in Africa. I read that on the internet, so it is true.


Sister more than once proclaimed that these African dogs are horrible looking. I can only agree with her. They seem to like their meat, but I have been accused of the same before! They are not hyenas.


Two lions slept while the third one stayed watch, except complacency had the watching lion nodding to sleep then suddenly becoming alert.


I have forgotten the name of this variety of monkey, but monkeys are always cute.


Should I try to explain to Little Jo about one hump or two? Should I try to remember the names of one hump or two camels? No. Look Little Jo, a camel.


I can't remember what these were, but they certainly have decent horns.


Feeding of the giraffes by the general public, who probably paid a good bit for the privilege.


Back at the Highrise, I asked Little Jo which photo from the day she wanted printed to put into her Highrise scrapbook. She chose this one.


Australian's of a certain age will get the name Ozzie.



These two are for you Wombat. I doubt anyone does not know what they are called.



Back at the Highrise to greet visiting Mother on Mothers Day, we amused ourselves with time trialled children's play. I fared not too badly as I quickly saw method. Little Jo had my camera and took hundreds of photos, none of them focused. I must give her a  lesson about camera focus when picture taking. Well, ok, maybe her photo of me is focused.

22 comments:

  1. What a super and fun selection of photos! Little Jo has exquisite taste with the zebras. Oh, and I like my meat too. I'll fight you for it. Ok you win.

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    1. Craig, it is a long time since I had seen zebras and they are very impressive to behold. Psst, you give up easily.

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  2. Great animal pictures, looks simular to our Dubbo zoo with big areas for the animals not cages and a bit of public interaction. I like the idea of a bus tour.
    Merle......

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    1. I think Dubbo might be bigger Merle, but yes, similar. We had a lion park here years ago, but I think it went broke.

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  3. Dromedary camels? You can avoid the word by calling them Arabian camels, if you need to :)

    My older grandchildren (now aged 10 and 8) thought the open windowed bus was fantastic - we could see everything.

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    1. Perfect Hels, Arabian it is. It was excellent, for kids and adults.

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  4. He he. And well done Craig, too.
    A fellow worker, some years ago,was a young man with the nickname "Rhino".

    A simple mnemonic - not quite in keeping with the theme of "My Day at the Zoo" - is that a bactrian might sometimes need to wear a bra. And now that you will be forever associated in my mind with the question "one hump or two?", perhaps "from the dairy" will help me remember Australia's feral camels are dromedary.

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    1. FC, was it his nose that was big or???

      And I need a word to remember bactrian. Bacteria bra. Hmm, maybe.

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  5. it was a Hakea Laurina - Pincushion Hakea which inspired you to that close-up photo. Everyone should plant one of these - they are a smallish shrub/tree which flowers in winter and will attract all the honeyeater birds.
    Looks like it was another lovely Highriser family day. X X

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  6. Em Stacks, so it is not a eucalypt at all. The higher flowers were more red than the lower. It is a nice tree.

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    1. Ad Rad, they are so watchable.

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  8. Have you noticed how often a breeze springs up just as you're about to press the shutter button when taking photos of flowers? so annoying. I like your zoo photos very much although I couldn't see the gorillas well. Love the Meerkats.

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    1. River, that is the first really outdoor close up of flower I have taken. I get what you are saying. Yes, I only included the gorilla because, well it is a gorilla.

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  9. Monkeys are never cute, they're evil beings.

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    1. Fen, one nicked a whole bag of rumbatans from me in Thailand once. They can be very naughty.

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  10. Thanks for taking us along on your zoo trip Andrew.. Laughed at the camel hump predicament :) my two favs at our zoo are always the big cats and the meerkats. Btw keep snapping those plants you did good!!

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    1. Encouraging words Grace, thanks.

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  11. One of the first places we went to when I moved down here was the Zoo you have pictured - it was really great - but in mid January you could have fried eggs on the pavement...must go again. Have you been to Werribee Mansion and gardens - its something else

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    1. MC, I have been to the house and gardens but it must have been twenty or more years ago. I intend going again. Even without it being hot when we were there, there was a lot of dust.

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  12. Thanks for the meerkat photos - they're as cute as ever! I was lucky to see baby meerkats - meer kittens? - a few years ago; they were adorable.

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    1. Meerkittens, very cute Wombat, as I am sure they were.

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