Zoos are a great place to get interesting animal shots!

July 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Don't get me wrong - nothing beats encountering an animal in the wild, in it's own environment. If you are quiet and still enough, you can just observe them going about their day.

Sometimes though, you have to accept that it is highly unlikely that you will see a cheetah wandering around the nature reserves of Canberra, and realise it is worth going to the zoo instead.

The National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra has a great range of animals to see - native as well as international species. I visited a little while back to see what I could find. 

CheetahCheetah It's always exciting seeing big cats, and Canberra's zoo is well known for it's cheetahs. You can 'Meet a Cheetah' if you are game - get up real close and personal!

TigerTiger There are a couple of species of tiger too, as well as snow leopards (I wasn't lucky enough to spot them unfortunately).

MeerkatMeerkat The meerkats were on alert of course :)

GiraffeGiraffe There is even a giraffe there!

Oriental small-clawed otterOriental small-clawed otter The oriental small-clawed otters were very playful and heaps of fun to watch.

Black capped capuchinBlack capped capuchin And you can't really call it a zoo without some kind of monkey or primate! This black capped capuchin was very inquisitive.

Tasmanian devilTasmanian devils There are plenty of native animals too. It's nap time for these nocturnal Tasmanian devils.

GoodfellowGoodfellow's tree kangaroo This sleepy looking chap is a Goodfellow's tree kangaroo. 

Northern swamp wallabyNorthern swamp wallaby

Northern swamp wallabyNorthern swamp wallaby-2 Northern swamp wallaby and Cape Barren gooseCape Barren goose and Northern Swamp wallaby

There were quite a few of these gentle little northern swamp wallabies just relaxing... although I think this one got more than it bargained for while trying to sneak a nibble at the Cape Barren goose's lunch!EmuEmu-2

EmuEmu

This cheeky emu was very friendly, and followed me around for a while - no doubt hoping for a feed...

Bush stone-curlewBush stone-curlew Bush stone-curlews lie very still in the undergrowth, hoping predators will pass them by.

Black swanBlack swan OK, so a black swan is not exactly exotic, but they are very graceful and I couldn't resist!

Double-barred finchDouble-barred finch These little double-barred finches were just visiting, but I couldn't believe how tiny they are! Check out how small he is compared to the grass around him!

IguanaIguana The Aquarium and reptile area is quite fascinating too. This iguana eyed me off the whole time!

Long-necked turtleLong-necked turtle Another native - a long-necked turtle saying hello.

Blue fishBlue fish I didn't catch what species this fish was, but it was huge and covered in brilliant markings.

American alligatorAmerican alligator And finally, I thought I'd finish off with a smile, thanks to this baby American alligator :)

 

I hope you enjoyed these shots from my zoo trip. If you are in Canberra, definitely stop by the zoo - there are loads more animals to see!

 

 


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