It was Mark’s birthday today – after initially wanting to go to the Eden Project, he decided he would rather go to Exmoor Zoo. It is quite a small zoo, and has such a nice relaxed feel to it. The animals and staff all seem unstressed and it was a really magical day there!
Rather typically for me, with all these exotic animals around, the first thing I noticed was the number of sparrows darting in and out of bird boxes and shrubberies…the zoo really encourages native wildlife of all sorts in and around the enclosures.
Peacocks and guinea fowl wander freely – to the point you have to watch you don’t step on them!
We met this lovely lady a few times during the day – she had bought a day with the zoo’s photographer getting up close and personal with many of the animals. Here we saw her with the singing dogs (who are right up near the top of my list of favourites). Needless to say, I now want a zoo photography day for my birthday present!
The singing dogs – and the fishing cat and sand cats – looked so close to their domesticated cousins, they almost looked like they shouldn’t be in enclosures, but rather curled up on a hearth mat!
We thoroughly enjoyed the otter talk – they did not stay at the front of the enclosure much as there were kittens in the holt and they were taking the food back there.
The fishing cat was a particular favourite of mine.
Unbelievably, we were the only visitors in the monkey house and got to sit and really watch these amazing animals
I love cats of all shapes and sizes!
I didn’t know porcupines were such good climbers!
Meerkats – always a big hit.
We had a fantastic view of the cheetahs being fed – and even after they had had their fill and the people had gone, they suddenly went in to hunting mode and we realised a herd of cows had walked in to a field a way off up the hill. Clearly their instinct to hunt is still strong.
Cute little muntjac deer.
Mark decided he wanted to hold a snake – his birthday treat!! I was too wimpy to hold the snake but for me, just staying in the room a couple of feet away was quite an achievement! There was a time when I couldn’t even stand to look at a picture of a snake. Irrational I know.
Kangaroos relaxing as only kangaroos can.
After the snake was put safely away, the cuddlies were brought out…!
I was rather taken with the martens.
Baby monkey!!! Need I say more?
It was a lovely day and I have no doubt at all we will be back next time we are anywhere near!