Trip to Twycross Zoo

Growler took a day off work and we went to Twycross Zoo for the day. When they described themselves as a World Primate Centre I hadn’t quite been prepared for how many monkeys and apes there would be there.  But I did get to see penguins, a couple of lions, a couple of leopards, very very sweet meerkcats and prairie dogs, sealions and lots of other creatures.

elephants otters amur leopard prairie dog

 giraffes penguin from behind young meerkat meerkats meerkat family 

Many of the paths appear to have recently been covered in a fresh surface of gravel which made using the wheelchair quite trying.  The cafes weren’t brilliantly accessible (or serving much beyond chips and burgers).  But they were lots of places to picnic and always a good view of animals from a wheelchair as so much is designed with small children in mind.

penguin swimming : tail end penguin swimming : side on penguin swimming : from side penguin swimming : bottom 

penguin swimming : towards penguin swimming and reflections penguin swimming penguin swimming : half in half out 

I enjoyed my day out.  It’s been a long time since I went to a traditional zoo and I wasn’t totally comfortable with all of the enclosures.  There was also a distinct lack of decent manners from the majority of the other visitors! I don’t think we’ll be rushing back there.

But any day out with Growler is always a joy.  I also managed to take some photos and some video so you could visit some of the animals with me.


5 Responses to “Trip to Twycross Zoo”

  1. 1 ninacolors March 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Loved the vidoes – thanks. I’m glad the tendency is for zoos to give animals huge spaces to roam w visitors on a tram above. It means visitors don’t always see the animals, and I know that some complain. Pooh on them:-)

  2. 2 Shelli March 31, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! It’s nice to be able to take a trip to the zoo from my computer. We have the San Diego Wild Animal Park nearby, and it has the wide space, natural enclosures. I like that a lot. The animals just seem to be healthier, I think.

  3. 3 greenwords April 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your photos and vids!

  4. 4 Sue April 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    So glad to hear you were able to get out and enjoy the zoo! We used to visit lots of zoos, when our boys were younger, but it’s less common now. Any outing on a nice spring day is good, right?

    Thanks for the great pictures!


  5. 5 Rachel M April 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Thank you for the photos and videos.
    One day, I want to visit safari style zoo. 🙂

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