Today we decided to visit our favourite local wildlife park, Dartmoor Zoo. It was recently made famous by the film based on its owners story "We brought a zoo" which I have probably watched at least ten times. I have been coming to Dartmoor since I was a child and love it so much. There are so many good memories for me here and I am so glad I can give my children the same memories I have.
On arrival to the zoo, we noticed a lot of people had shown up today and this was because the zoo, very kindly, was offering free entry for today only. Currently the zoo is desperately trying to raise money to secure its future. By offering free entry today they were able to fill the zoo and encourage people to donate money to their fund, which was a great idea. You can donate via their crowd fund or if you would like to find out more about Dartmoor Zoo's plight: Crowd Fund Dartmoor Zoo.
The first enclosures you come to are along the path up to the main part of the zoo. They contain ponies, capybaras, tapirs, ostrich and ducks.
|The Capybaras having dinner with a duck.|
The zoo has a lovely restaurant by the main entrance which has a meerkat enclosure outside. They always seem to have tiny meerkat babies every time we visit which is amazing to see. Meerkats are very popular at the zoo and that's probably because they are so fascinating to watch.
Also by the restaurant is a fantastic education room where they hold animal encounters. The boys were able to feel snake skins, tiger fur and turtle shells. The also had a room containing different reptiles such as snakes, turtles and lizards. What caught my eye though was the gorgeous sugar glider you can see below. I have heard of them before but I have never seen one. I fell in love! Sugar gliders have these big black eyes that just makes your heart melt.
Next we visited the zoos beautiful wolf packs. The boys are not too keen on them due to their distinct smell but I literally could sit and watch them for hours. The wolves had just been fed as we arrived at their enclosure. It was interesting to watch their pack mentality as you could definitely tell which one the alpha male was. He was keeping the meat for himself while the others were trying to sneak a bite. As soon as he showed his teeth they would back down straight away.
Along from the wolves are the two big cat cages. They have a lioness and two tigers. There are no photos of the lioness as she was hiding today but I was happy to get some nice shots of the zoos tigers. The tigers had also been fed with what looked like a pony. One of the tigers slept as the other tucked into a nice piece of meat hung up on his tree.
Tom's favourite animal at the zoo is the otters. He has many otter teddies and always loves to watch the otter at the zoo swim and squeak about.
The zoo has two bears called Hayley and Fudge who are the same bears I used to love to see from my childhood. They were a little sleepy today as they should be hibernating but it was great to show the boys them today.
Overall, we had a fantastic day today seeing all the animals at Dartmoor Zoo. The zoo improves with every visit and it's so good to see it doing so well.