Den (dewhitton) wrote,

Zoo Photos

White Rhinos. Mum and calf at the extreme end of their enclosure. White rhinos are call that not for their colour but for a mispronounciation of the Dutch word "widje,"(sp?), which refers to their wide top lip. These are grazers, whereas Black rhinos are browsers and have a pointy top lip to grab branches and such.

Black rhino mum (rear) and calf (front). The Rhinos in the zoo are all part of an international Save The Rhino campaign. Dubbo Zoo has a male and 5 females, who have produced four calves here over the last five years. They hope to ultimately export them back to Zimbabwe.

In 1970 there were an estimated 25000 black rhinos. Today, there are 2700. The animals were lost through poaching.

Asian one-horned rhino, endangered through loss of habitat. The zoo has a pair. There are less than 1000 in the wilds of Nepal and India.

How Not To Be Seen

In this photo are three Sumatran tigers

I could only see one of them. The one you can see is not the one that will kill you.

Sumatran tigres are noticably smaller than the Bengal tiger (left) who is smaller than the Siberian Tiger (no Siberians in Dubbo, unforunately). The tigers are seperated from the public by a deep moat and a verticle wall. They often swim out to the wall but their feet can't reach the floor of the moat, and so they can't jump. This dosen't stop them trying when they take a fancy to some of the meat standing on the top of the wall watching them. Zoo animals know and tolerate their keepers, but they are still wild animals. When the zoo first got the bengal tigers 20 years ago, there used to be a lot of free-range kangaroos in the area. One unlucky roo leapt into the tiger enclosure and landed in the moat. The tigers went from well-fed dozey cats to stalking hunters before you could say POING!

"It's all right," murmured the crowd. "Tigers are cats, and cats don't like water. Besides, these are well fed and wouldn't hurt the roo."

The tiger quickly disabused the crowd of these two notions, with much screaming and crying of the children. Then the tigers played with the carcass, tossing it in the air, tug-of-wars, etc. blood spraying and guts all over the place, totally ignoring the sensibilities of the watching crowd. It was a couple of hours of fine entertainment from my point of view. The realities of living in the wild clashing with people's perception of living in the wild sounds like this: "Look at the cute little tigAAARGH!"

Have a meerkat:

And some Giraffes. This is the local herd. They are quite successful at producing new giraffes here.

Mum and calf, aged 2 months

Mum and calf, aged 3 weeks

The tree they are browsing on is a black cypress that should be bushy all the way to the ground, like the trees in the next enclosure behind them.

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