As today was to be my last day of holiday before the school term starts in earnest I decided to make the most of it and have a day out with my camera. So this morning I drove up to Oxfordshire to met my friend Sharon and we visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford. We visited the park together in 2005 but since then they??ve opened a new section called Madagascar which is home to their collection of lemurs. I??ve always had a soft spot for lemurs but the enclosure at Marwell Zoo (my local zoo) is less than ideal for photography as the animals either retreat inside or you??re trying to shoot them through glass. Here the lemurs have a large enclosure which the public walk through so you can get with a matter of inches of the animals with no glass or wire in the way.
We took two walks through the lemur enclosure. In the morning they were quite lively but when we returned after lunch they were all taking their afternoon siesta ??with one notable exception. There were two baby lemurs in evidence today, one of whom joined Mum for a snooze after lunch. However, the second one was evidently not sleepy at all and took great delight in exploring the nearby bushes and then returning to the sleeping huddle of lemurs and jumping all over them. He seemed quite a character, although I??m sure his mother despairs of him sometimes!
The other big hit of the day for me, unsurprisingly, was the meerkats and I took lots of photos of them. When we passed their enclosure this morning their keeper was in with them, tidying up and it was lovely to watch how inquisitive they were towards him. My favourite shots from the morning were the ones I??ve posted of one of the meerkats hiding behind the keeper??s rake, looking very cute indeed!
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