Saturday, 21 August 2010

Zoo nation

Penguin Pool - late@ London Zoo Work continues apace with the move to the new LMS & catalogue, overlapping with the usual preparations for the start of a new semester, which has rather meant I've been all work and no play recently. I did take a break last night, though, to go up to London Zoo, who are running a series of special late night openings in August.

The queue forming when we arrived was a bit daunting, and some areas of the zoo were really crowded - the lions and tigers were super-popular - but it was fantastic to be able to explore in the twilight.

Some animals were sleeping, but others were maybe more active than they would be mid-day, so that balances out, although my camera really didn't like the active animals in the low light, so - very few photos to share.

It's been many, many years since I last went to London Zoo - I think I was a school trip! - and a lot has changed. The move towards more open enclosures is great, both for the animals and the visitors - the exotic bird and the monkey walk-throughs were two real highlights for me. It was fantastic to be so close to the animals, and to see them without bars - spotting the bright flashes of tiny birds in flight through the greenery and watching monkeys playing through the branches is pretty magical.

It's been a really long week, so we didn't stick around too late for the bars and silent nightclub, but it looked like a lot of folks were having a really good time there, on top of exploring the zoo proper.

Next week's the last late, so if you think it sounds good, book your tickets ASAP!

* Photo by me

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