The Mongolian Wild Horse, or Przewalski’s Horse was once very common throughout much of central Asia. It is thought that they became extinct in the wild, but conservation efforts by zoos like Monarto Zoo in South Australia have been instrumental in reintroducing this species back into its natural habitat.
The breeding programme here at Monarto just a few minutes’ drive from my home has been very successful, and quite a few horses from the zoo herd have been returned to Mongolia. It is conservation efforts like this that make me pleased to be a supporting member of the zoo.
- You can read more about this horse by clicking here.
From time to time I feature birds on this travel blog. Birding is one of my major interests and I write about my sightings on Trevor’s Birding blog.
Many people carry a bird identification guide book with them on their travels. I make sure I always have one with me to help work out what I am seeing.
If you are a traveller – and interested in birds – I’d suggest that you find room for a bird field guide too. Most of them are compact enough to fit easily into a day pack or even a handbag.
Today sees the publication of a new field guide of Australian birds. The Simpson and Day field guide has been around since 1984 and has sold over half a million copies. Today the fully revised and updated 8th edition is published.
Monarto Zoo near my home town of Murray Bridge in South Australia is only about a ten minute drive from home. It is a part of the Adelaide Zoo and only about a 40 minute drive down the south eastern freeway from the capital city. Monarto is an open range zoo. It has many walking trails through the large zoo, the largest of its type in the world. Shuttle buses take visitors on guided tours through the various large enclosures. These stop at certain spots along the tracks so that visitors can get close up views of the animals.
Earlier this year a new, elaborate enclosure opened for a group of chimpanzees (see photos). On my most recent visit the chimps were already in the building and were almost ready to go into their night quarters. Consequently I didn’t get any good shots of the animals themselves. Always a good excuse to go back for another visit! Instead I have included below several photos of their outdoor activity area.
Right alongside their wonderful enclosure is a smaller display featuring their smaller cousins, the Red Pandas. I must admit, I prefer the Red Pandas to their larger cousins. Both are beautiful animals, of course, and we are very privileged to have both species on prominent display here in South Australia. I’m also pleased that the Red Pandas have a much more accessible enclosure, right next to the entrance to the zoo. Previously they languished near the back of the zoo in an area often neglected by visitors.
For details about Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, click here.
One of the larger animals on display at the Adelaide Zoo here in South Australia is the Common Hippopotamus.It is quite often hard to get good photos of them because they are largely aquatic animals, preferring to spend most of their day in or under the water. This one came up within camera range and posed nicely for me.
To read more about these animals on the Adelaide Zoo website click here.