I have mixed feelings about zoo’s, on the one hand I can’t help feeling animals and birds should be free, on the other hand seeing and photographing animals and birds you don’t/can’t normally see in daily life is always a thrill. I only found out about Northumberland Zoo this year, so back in September Sophie and I went off to see what it was all about. The zoo only got their licence in 2015, so it is quite new, and their philosophy is as good as it gets.
Our mission is to become a leader in the education and conservation of wildlife and their unique habitats, making it accessible to all whilst still providing a compelling visitor experience.
Our vision is to see a change in the perception towards wildlife and habitats which will lead to a sustainable natural world.
- CONSERVATION IMPACT To increase our support for more conservation programmes including ones which we currently are involved with, both in-itu and ex-situ (natural environment and enclosure).
- ANIMAL COLLECTION To set high standards and excel in the husbandry of the species in which we keep providing them with the opportunity to express natural behaviours.
- SUSTAINABILITY To create an animal collection that is economically and environmentally sustainable for the long term.
- To increase awareness, understanding and support of our animal collection and its projects as a centre for conservation and education excellence in the North East and beyond.
Here are some of the inmates that posed for us
Does anyone NOT love a meerkat?
or their babies?
This chap maybe not so cute
They say you’re only ever 9 feet away from a rat…
Back to cute..
I do love exotic birds, such a nice change from spuggies 🙂
As well as exotic creatures, there are some more familiar animals
And I’ll finish up with my favourites of the day, the humble Chicken. CHICKEN G. Gallus domesticu
There are hundreds of breeds of chicken bred for their meat, egg production or just purely for their looks. I’m not quite sure which category these fine specimens fall into, Comedic Value wasn’t on the list!
For more cuteness, exotica and extra animals, the full album can be found HERE
and the zoo’s website HERE