Marwell Zoo 2012
Had a very nice day at Marwell Zoo (now called Marwell Wildlife), and pleasantly not as packed with kids as I thought it would be !
I paid my homage to the penguins and wandered around the site a few times which resulted in my getting some good shots of the cats as they became more active later in the day (near feeding time, around 4pm ish). The Cheetah pen was my favourite with two female cheetahs at first just sunbathing fairly far off but later in the afternoon they were wandering around and even walking right below me
Marwell has a resident camera club (http://www.marwellphotogroup.org.uk/index.php) who held an exhibition of their work which was very inspiring. Full members can even go onto the grounds early mornings before the public are allowed in to get good shots of the animals waking up and being fed.
Animals to watch out for:
Penguins - get fed at 3pm during a talk by the keepers. There is an underwater viewing area where you can watch them swim by
Big cats - Cheetahs, Leopard, Snow Leopads & Tigers - you can get some good shots later in the afternoon as they walk around
Meerkats - wonderful little creatures, excellent for photos
Laughing Kookabura - never seen one before but he came right up to me in the walk through aviary he's in and was fascinating to watch and hear !
Marwell is well worth a visit, lots of animals to view and many playgrounds to keep young kids happy. My only gripe would be with the cost of food there which is very overpriced. Much better to bring a picnic with you, especially if you have a large group!
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