One of the best days of my life…
9th February 2018
Up early to catch the bus to the zoo, we eagerly anticipated the day ahead. I am normally a little apprehensive about going to the zoo, especially those outside of the UK as I fear the treatment of animals is not as regulated. Australia zoo however is the legacy of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. The zoo span’s 100 acres and has an animal hospital just next door that helps thousands of animals a year.
Here are just a few pictures from our day at the zoo:
One thing that really stands out at the zoo, is how happy the animals are. You can tell the keepers really care for the animals and that they have a really special bond. There is a ‘Kangaroo park’ that you can walk through and pet the kangaroos. This was a really special moment and I am so lucky to have witnessed a mother caring for her baby joey.
The zoo is so hands on with the animals and offers a whole range of ‘animal encounters’, one of which I was lucky enough to be able to book. It is no secret that giraffes are my favourite animal and when I saw that there was opportunity to feed them I couldn’t miss out. This was honestly one of the best moments of my life. I am so glad I got picture evidence of it so that I can remember this for ever.
Overall, the zoo was a great experience, one I will definitely never forget and I feel extremely lucky.
It was time to get on the greyhound again this time we were off to somewhere new! Gold coast, surfers paradise here we come…
The final birthday gift
Alex, Jess and myself went to Chester Zoo over the weekend and it was fab. We had such nice weather which I think was the reason the animals were all out to play.
My favourites were the Giraffes and they were in their outside area which was really good as they were so close!
Recently a new Giraffe was born and he was out to play! He was adorable and although he looks tiny compared to the adults he is still very tall!
Other highlights included the Lions, Penguins and all the different types of monkeys who were so playful! We also got to see the Cheetahs at feeding time which was a good interaction to watch as it really showed they’re personalities.
We walked through the Butterfly house which is a “free flying zone” and one of the butterflies saw Jess’s coat and though it was a good place to rest so landed on her shoulder! She was so calm, I freaked out a little i’m not going to lie but still managed to get a good picture!
They have a mirror as you are leaving the house that is there for you to check if any have landed on you so you don’t leave with them and they escape!
Another free flying zone is the Bat house. Past experiences in this have been a little scary i’m not going to lie! They come so close to you it is a little “jumpy” and its pitch black so you can’t really see anything! We were stopped outside in a small que as they have to limit the amount of people going in and out now due to the bats learning that if they hover near the exit, they can escape! How funny?! So as you are leaving the keeper is stood by the exit and opens the first door for you and shuts it straight behind you. As I left two followed me so they ended up trapped in the exit! This meant Alex was trapped with the bats for a bit longer as the keeper had to spend a few minutes catching them and getting them back in!
Overall we had a lovely day and it was nice to go and visit the animals before we jet off on our travels and i’m sure we will visit the Australia Zoo and see some more!
P.S TODAY MARKS 7 WEEKS TILL THE BIG DAY