The zoo was great. The weather was perfect, most of the animals were awake and happy to pose for photos. Particularly the meerkats, they seem to quite like a snap and will turn to face you lest you capture the wrong profile.
The new elephant enclosure (okay so it’s not THAT new, but it’s my first time) was great. The elephants have a much nicer habitat with greenery, dirt floors, a pool and more. They seem happy to squirt water and dust bath themselves.
The small kids were entertaining too. One thought the lions were being fed the monkeys (and wasn’t particularly worried about that. A five year old corrected someone else’s younger child’s comment about the relative speeds of the big cats. Another kept moving to stand in front of the meerkats. His parent was determined to capture meerkats AND son; son was determined to be centre-stage…
A very wobbly-on-his-feet baby gibbon was exploring his environment, watched intermittently by his mother. At one stage, he hand-over-handed from a grille suspended 4-5 metres above the ground. His momentarily distracted mother reacted much as I would have if one of my sons had strayed onto the wrong side of a high safety fence – very quickly!