Spiders eat beetles. Nature at work – you gotta love it.
Mum found some random seeds so she started them off…. when at seedling we planted them, not knowing what they were. They appear to be sunflowers.
It has been over a year since we last visited Wingham Wildlife Park, but I am pleased to see that the entry price is still the same! It costs just £8.50 for adults which I think is very good value for the amount of animals and birds that are on view. And I do mean on view – unlike other places where the animal can be a small dot on the horizon, you can get up close and personal with most of the inhabitants. Please note that this article does not include any photos of the Prairie Dogs – I am saving those for an article on their own.
I am pleased to have a guest photographer on this blog article. The Missus took some great shots but, as ever, left the editing to me. In fact, it is a 50-50 split – fifteen are mine and fifteen are hers.
I started my previous article on Wingham with a picture of the Black Headed Caique, so it seems fitting to do so again as the cute little fella is still there… and making as much noise as ever. Alas, depsite the sign that clearly says ‘Do Not Pick Up This Bird’, the Chav visitor seems compelled to do so. This time it was the (potential) father of a child called Shanice. Unfortunately Chavs are allowed into Wingham, but maybe in the future they will impose a ban.
The Otters are always good value – especially when it is getting near feeding time.
The Meerkats were their usual playful and cute selves – they seem more popular than ever since the ‘Compare the Meerkat’ campaign. I somehow doubt that any money goes towards Meerkat conservation from that ad campaign, but I like to pretend it does.
If you want action don’t get your hopes up at the Terrapins. They do very little, apart from look quite interesting.
For uber cuteness, look no further than the Marmosets. They are so into visitors! I had a nice game of peek a boo with a little one behind one of the uprights of the enclosure. It made me want to own some, though it has to be said, they stink of pee quite badly.
This Barbary Macaque looked quite mournful.
The Reptile and Tropical houses are still pretty good – a nice variety of things to see.
I rather like Kookaburras.
I think the Racoons are a fairly recent addition, at least I don’t recall seeing them last time but I may well have just walked past without noticing. I find that can happen especially if there is a photo opportunity that catches my eye.
I took the fisheye lens in the hope of catching some odd animal action. I have never tried fisheye chicken and am quite pleased with how it came out.
I was pleased to see that the lake section at the top of the park has quite a few of the more exotic water birds now – and it is always good to see an East African Crowned Crane.
The Ring Tailed Lemur enclosure allows the visitor to walk through and get nice and close to the animals.
Awwwww baby Peacock.
I concluded my previous article with the following:
Wingham Wildlife Park is great. There are loads of facilities to eat and drink with a full menu on offer, at least during the summer months. There are plenty of species to see – and all are listed on their site. The price is good too. At the time of writing the entrance fee for adults is £8.50, which is considerably lower than somewhere like Howletts, which is just up the road. Whilst there may be more exotic speacies on offer there, on the whole you actually see more at Wingham and I certainly felt more engaged there as you are so close to the animals.
I see no reason to conclude this article any other way. Go visit!