Last week the girls and I took a trip down to Bristol Zoo.
It was a lovely sunny day but there was a chilly breeze so we headed straight for the Twilight World and the Reptile House to warm up. We watched these lizards for a while, whilst they watched us.
Freyja had bought her imaginary pet mice with her and decided to introduce Tiddles (the imaginary mouse) to some turtles.
The girls were both fascinated by the crocodile. Emily chattered to it saying “snap snap snap”. The crocodile continued to look fairly unimpressed.
It was still quite cool when we finished in the Reptile House so we decided to go into the Aquarium. Emily particularly loved the fish. She looked an awe at some of the large fish, and was amazed by the paddlefish swimming over us as we walked through an under-water tunnel.
What is lovely about going to the zoo with just the girls is we can spend a bit more time looking at the creepy-crawlies as Rich isn’t a fan. I love this picture of Emily getting a close up view of some locusts.
We got an even closer view to an insect at one of Animal Encounter sessions that the zoo run. We got up close and personal to a hissing cockroach. The girls were given the opportunity to stroke it, but neither were too keen.
We also got to see butterflies flying around inches away from us. Emily gazed in wonder at them, but Freyja was concerned one might land on her head (and for this reason we didn’t dare try the “feed the lorikeets experience”).
By this time, it was about 11am so the girls were anxious to get started on their picnic as it was now way past the traditional time for a picnic (usually just after 10am).
Two well-fed and therefore happier little girls wanted to see the penguins next.
They loved watching the penguins jumping into the water, and could have spent hours here. But then they spotted something even better….
Sometimes I think I should just buy a large plastic penguin to put in the back garden rather than spending time and money taking the girls places to see actual real live animals. When I had dragged them away from the penguin shaped collection box, we watched sealions which were mainly lazing around in the now warm sunny weather.
The exit goes under the exhibit and here you may see some of the animals swimming through the water of their enclosure. The girls were transfixed by the penguins almost appearing to fly through the water in front of them.
We then went on to see some of the larger mammals. We spent ages watching the pigmy hippo, munching away on vegetation in the sunshine.
We also saw the tapir, gorillas and meerkats.
The lions were visible lounging around toward the back of their enclosure, but as I couldn’t get a decent photo of them, here is Freyja pretending to be a lion.
On at the zoo at the moment is a display of animatronic bugs. Whilst we were there they were still being set up. There was an ENORMOUS spider which was being set up as we walked through the zoo but I loved this giant grasshopper best.
The girls had a great day. How do I know? Because when I got home this was the scene from the back seat of the car…..
When she woke up Freyja wanted to be a wild animal so I painted her face. I am very inexperienced when it comes to face painting, but regardless of how good I am, Freyja was very happy with her tiger face!