Thursday, 12 April 2012

Birthday Boy at the Zoo

Brady was 31 today so his Mum took him to the Zoo .....we saw Tigers and Penguins and Rhinos and Giraffes and we had a picnic and saw a Meerkat eating a rat and we had a hailstone storm and thunder and lightning and touched an Elephant's tooth ........
We are so lucky to have Marwell Wildlife Park on our doorstep it used to be a regular place to visit when my children were small and now they are big they still love to visit ......
(Marwell Wildlife, formerly known as Marwell Zoological Park, is a 140-acre (57 ha) zoo situated at Owslebury in the English county of Hampshire, near Winchester. It is home to over 1,200 animals of 235 different species.
Beyond the park itself, Marwell Wildlife is also a registered charity that works for international conservation, with a particular focus in Africa in addition to work from its base in Hampshire. Its name was changed from Marwell Zoo in 2009 to reflect these wider activities.)

Compare the Meerkat .......

White Rhino ......magnificent the facts...
The white rhinoceros is the largest of the five species of rhinoceros and the world's largest land mammal after the three species of elephant. Weight in this animal typically ranges from 1,360 to 3,630 kg (3,000 to 8,000 lb). On its snout it has two horn-like growths, one behind the other and made of solid keratin. The front horn is larger and averages 90 cm (35 in) in length, reaching as much as 150 cm (59 in). The white rhinoceros also has a noticeable hump on the back of its neck. Each of the four stumpy feet has three toes. The color of the body ranges from yellowish brown to slate grey. Its only hair is the ear fringes and tail bristles. White rhinos have a distinctive broad, straight mouth which is used for grazing. Its ears can move independently to pick up sounds but it depends most of all on smell. The white rhinoceros has the widest set nostrils of any land based animal.

Ruffled Lemur catching the rays cool is he .....

And the hailstones were as big as peas and down they came .......

Think they must have forgotten to feed this Python........

Great British spirit ...picnic in the rain ......

Different Meerkats to compare......

The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.
Hope you enjoyed a visit to Marwell Wildlife Park as much as we did ........


  1. I always wish I could be with you on these outings. such a great group you make. Love your spirit. Happy Birthday to the birthday boy. Kisses for Gracie.

  2. j'adore les le pic-nique sous la pluie!

  3. I did enjoy that thank you!

    I love Marwell..... I went along with Woody's class as a 'helper' when they had a school trip there from Thornden!

    We were talking about Marwell only yesterday....

    I've just realised my cat has been impersonating that lemur in the sun!!!!

    Have a great weekend :)

    ps those hailstones were HUGE here too


  4. Simples to compare the Meerkats! (I picked you out straightaway LOL!

    Sounds like a lovely Zoo.

    Belated birthday greetings to Bday.

    Have a super weekend!

    Sandie xx

  5. Happy Birthday Brady!!

    looks like a fun day...even if there was hail, rain, deal with.'re right about the python! i think they didn't feed him enough...he could use a little more meat on those bones.
    COOL skeleton!! :)


  6. Hope you see this comment Lorna - I'm working my way through your blog after a long absence! I think I've seen this zoo on tv. - you have some wonderful wildlife parks in England. Great pictures and lots of intereting info - thanks for posting all that!


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