Ah, SO CUTE! Makes me want to give this giraffe a big wet kiss. But their tongues are freaking long. Probably not a good idea. As our tour guide told us, "If you think of something cute to do while feeding a giraffe, stop thinking that thought." Meaning, they are big and potentially dangerous.
Very expressive. Gorgeous pose.
What struck me the most was, giraffes are BIG. We were told that they mostly fight by swinging their necks, not by kicking or biting. Totally believable. This is one strong neck.
When the big male giraffe walked by, his bigness was obvious from the back of a large truck whose bed was quite a ways off the ground.
I liked how the tour truck driver made no attempt to get the giraffes in the middle of the road to do anything other than what they wanted to do: walk in the middle of the road. Eventually they moved off to the side.
A mother rhinoceros with her not-so-little baby.
I assume the Safari Park feeds the rhinos. A lot. Browsing this short grass doesn't seem like it would do much to fill a rhino stomach.
Here's a... something or other. Um, gazelle?
Oh, I've watched enough Disney movies to know what this is: a Wildebeest! (I'm pretty sure.)
Um... gazelles? (That's my fall-back guess for any smallish furry animal with horns.)
Let's just say this is an animal with horns. I don't want to make any more wrong gazelle guesses.
Water buffalo. We were told they can be mean. This helps explain why our guides were adamant about us using the restroom before the 2-hour tour started, since we weren't going to be able to jump out of the truck and take a leak.
This deer-like creature (I'm so good with animal names) was really far away, sitting against a wall at the edge of the fenced enclosure. Great job, my trusty Panasonic Lumix camera with 30 X optical zoom and stabilization.
"What are you thinking?" That was my thought when I saw this gorilla. He/she certainly is a lot like us humans, since we are closely related by evolution. Putting these animals in enclosures doesn't really seem right, though I understand the motivation.
A recycling bird, showing one of the tricks that a trainer has taught it.
Laurel feeding a couple of Lorakeets some nectar. (Four dollar nectar, but it was worth it to have the birds sit on our arms.)
We heard a loud lion roar while we were on the Caravan Tour. Definitely grabs your attention. Could have been this guy, before he took an afternoon nap.
More lions, semi-awake.
I loved the look of the bamboo lining the path to the tiger exhibit.
It was cool to see a tiger. But again, viewing an animal through a fence sure wasn't as enjoyable as seeing them roam freely.
Walking out of the tiger area, the setting afternoon sun made the bamboo even more beautiful.