At The Manor 2014
It wouldn't be an opulent house of the aristocracy without an assortment of exotic wildlife.
We had visited this zoo 10 years earlier, when it was called "Manor House". Since then, it has been taken over by Anna Ryder Richardson, and may be known as Anna's Welsh Zoo, Manor House Wildlife Park or just Manor Wildlife Park, depending on who you talk to.
For once, we were visiting a zoo as regular visitors, not getting a behind-the-scenes tour.
- Things seem to have taken a nasty turn.
- It's you. YOU! You.
- Albino wallaby.
- Run away. Run away. Well ... hop away.
- Red ruffed lemur.
- And what do we have here?
- Red-fronted lemurs.
- Psycho-stare of a red-fronted lemur. He is clearly busy, and you should not be watching. Move along.
- Ring-tailed lemur wins the easter hunt.
- Ring-tailed lemur with a banana.
- Shocking! Just shocking!
- Calling peacock.
- Przewalski's horse, the only truly wild horse still in existence; all others are either domestigated, or feral.
- Damara zebra stallions.
- Damara zebras have the cool double-striping effect (known as shadow stripes).
- Southern white rhino.
- Common blue damselfly.
- Tiny little blue things that don't want to stay still.
- Two pairs of damselflies mating, or at least preparing to. During the actual mating, the female curves her body under the male, so that the pair make a heart shape.
- Siamang gibbon enjoying a walk through the meadow. This is, I think, the male that had never stepped outside until the new owners created this enclosure.
- Gentle face.
- Emus. Identifiable by the hair flopping in front of one eye (no, not really).
- Ostriches singing a duet.
- Time for a solo, ending on a high note.