Posts Tagged ‘Taronga Zoo

31
Dec
13

Featured on RedBubble

Two recent photos have been featured on RedBubble:

meerkats

Watcher, and:

chimpanzee mother baby

Mother’s Love.

Always nice to get appreciation 😀

26
Dec
13

Today’s theme is ‘Sleep’

At a recent visit to Taronga Zoo, I was occasionally surprised to find an animal that was awake.

chimpanzeeschimpanzees

The Chimpanzees were all enjoying a rest, including new mother, Kuma, with her baby, born in October, Fumo.

Not to be outdone:

Small Fox

Fenec Fox,

Snoozetime Turtle

Turtle,

Whacked

Tasmanian Devil

Asleep or dead

and a Tapir that looks almost dead.

It wasn’t a hot day, but it must have been a busy week.

04
Dec
13

Meerkats Meerkats!

Very few people would disagree with the idea that Meerkats are adorable. They are efficient little hunters of insects and spiders and very social creatures.

Whenever the Meerkats are digging about in search of food, one always keeps a watch-out for predators, whether snakes or other ground-dwelling threats, or eagles or hawks flying about looking for their meals.

meerekats

meerkats

When all the work is over, it’s time to chill out.

meerkats

meerkats

I think part of their appeal is the serious expression on their faces. At least, that how it looks to me. They could be laughing for all I know.

02
Dec
13

Ages of Komodo

A couple of photos showing stages in a Komodo Dragon’s life:

Komodo dragon baby

The young dragon is a lean, quick predator. But as the lizards grow they become the biggest and heaviest in the world, and prey on pigs and deer and are known also to eat people if they get the chance.

Komodo Dragon

They are named after the island of Komodo in Indonesia, though they can swim to other islands in the area.

There has been recent talk that they are also venomous. It was thought that the bacteria in their mouths were what slowed down prey after they had bitten them but new research suggests that there is actually a compound in their saliva which acts as a soporific. While their bite isn’t deadly, they can catch you up while you sleep it off.

26
Sep
12

New Critters in the Menagerie

I’ve also added a couple of new photos to the animals collection on the website.

kookaburras Australian birds

Here’s looking at you.

The Kookaburra is the largest species of Kingfisher, and aside from fish it eats snakes, lizards, baby birds, and shared lunches. They’re fascinating birds.

turtles, reptiles, animals,

Riches.

This turtle was at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Many people have cast their wishes into this pond. My wish is that we see the natural world as the greatest richness, rather than money.

Click on the photos to see them larger.

05
Sep
10

Fishing cat



Fishing cat, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

Taken at Taronga Zoo, this is a fishing cat after it has been paddling through the water. These cats are obviously quite at home in the water, unlike my Ivan.

28
Aug
10

Hello?



Hello?, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

Giraffe at Taronga Zoo taking a mild interest.

I think it was in the middle of eating its lunch.




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