Sunday, October 7, 2012

Where Are The Lions?






"Where are the lions?" Miss E asked again. Some of us were visiting Dubbo's premier tourist attraction,  Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Covering more than 300 hectares (740 acres), it is Australia's greatest open range zoo.





Watching two days of cricket is great - if you're an enthusiast. A look around the zoo was much more interesting than another cricket game, especially for the younger ones.




 Did you know Australia has more camels than Arabia? They run feral through some of our large desert interior.
In fact we export camels to Arabia!




"I want to see the lions."




"Where are the lions?"







Almost there....



















Miss E loves animals!

























And she enjoyed taking photos with her toy camera - shooting the zebras.




"Look, it's not real, you can sit on it." One of many zoo statues.




This much bigger Galapagos Tortoise definitely was real!

"Which animals did you like the most?" Miss E was asked.

"The tiger because he was growling!"


32 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Great shots.....i like this serie very much.

Greetings from Holland, Joop

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, beautiful animals. I am greeting

Rosemary said...

A typical lion pose, the only time they seem to move is when grub is up.
My favourite are the hippos.
You have beautifully captured all of the animals and your families excitement.

✿ chica said...

Ela chegou finalmente aos leões, dorminhocos, cansados...

Lindas fotos!!beijos,chica

Giga said...

Nie jestem miłośniczką Zoo, ale tutaj mają godziwe warunki życia, mają przestrzeń. Z drugiej strony, gdyby nie Zoo, wiele zwierząt znałoby się tylko ze zdjęć, takich jak Twoje. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
I'm not a fan of Zoo, but here we have a decent standard of living, they have the space. On the other hand, if it were not zoo, many animals znałoby only with images, such as yours. Yours sincerely.

Stiletto said...

Your tiny Miss E is such a cutie pie. She is so adorable.

flowersandhome said...

Beautiful pictures!!!
It is a bit weird to see lions and tigers and elefants and giraffes in Australia(which we alway connect with kangaroos and koala's and other marsupials);-) but a zoo is a zoo I guess. It's not a place I come a lot I have to admit, never actually, I always feel such pity for the animals being kept in there. But this zoo looks great and with lots of space for the animals and of course I also took my kids to the zoo when they were younger. The animals speak to their imagination and it's just amazing to see them in real life of course. I had to discover though they always loved trips to the museum of natural history more than trips to a zoo. They were totally in love with dinosaurs and mammoths and couldn't get enough of it. A Dinosaur park was visited once also. The image of the little Miss E taking pictures with her play camera is also very recognizable. The kids now often take out their albums with self taken pictures from when they were still kids. It is such a great thing to have those and the memories connected with them. I always gave them those carton box throw away cameras; it was not yet the era of digital photography then.
Your post certainly brought back happy memories ;-)
Bye,
Marian

akwamaryna said...

They are very pfotegenic animals. A wonderful trip. Great shots.
Hugs

Cinzia said...

Wonderful serie of shots!
Cinzia

Rosemary Aubut said...

What a beautiful and fruitful day! You definitely put a smile on my face with these beautiful captures!

Filip and Kristel said...

Looks like a very nice zoo and the lion is lazy like always.

Greetings,
Filip

Sylvia K said...

My family always enjoyed our trips to the zoo!! Your photos brought back lots of fun memories!! Looks as though a great time was had by all!! Have a great week, Karen! Enjoy!

TheChieftess said...

I'm rather partial to the rhino and the Galapagos Tortoise!!! Great series! A lot of really good shots...and it looks like a really great zoo!!! Of course, the best shot is that cute little pink animal with the blonde ponytail taking a pic!!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual tour of the zoo through your photographs. Blessings!

Victor Aranda said...

A zoo without lions is incomplete, luckily appeared at the end :-)
Funny series of photographs

Shirley said...

Oh your photo's made me feel like I was there looking at them. The lion is king for sure..so hard to pick a favorite..animals are so wonderful.

Michelle said...

You have some really great shots of these majestic animals! Looks like all had a great time!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

OH how fun!! I love seeing all these animals. All that excitement and wouldn't you know it... the lion is sleeping! lol Amazing photos!

Nikki said...

Amazing shots Karen. I hope to visit this zoo one day. Love the tiger comment from Miss E.

hawknitr13 said...

karen, awesome pics! i bet the children really loved this trip!!
^)^ linda

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Well, the lions were worth the wait, weren't they? I loved the meerkats and the chimp (?) walking along the ropes. In our open range wildlife parks we are forced to drive through. Looks like you can walk through yours. How neat!

Jana said...

great animal portraits and encounters, I loved visiting the zoo whne I was little, I still like it now:-)))my favourite animal (since I am three) stay the elephant!

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Great shots! Love the monkey and baby. I would go there all the time, and they would have to drag me out. Too many great things to photograph:)

Doug Hickok said...

What a fantastic adventure, a safari of sorts, for all to enjoy! Wonderful camera work in capturing moments in the lives of these fascinating animals :^)

Gillian Olson said...

What a wonderful place. Your pictures are great too, I think the lion and the tiger were my favorites.

Linda Kittmer said...

Wow! You've got some magnificent shots. What wonderful images of these beautiful creatures!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

It looks like a fun trip. I haven't been to the zoo in forever! Glad the lion made an appearance. :D

Ocean Soul said...

It's almost like all the characters from the Lion King are at this zoo! So glad that Miss E finally got to see her favorites and even heard the tiger growl!

thefisherlady said...

How fun! Wonderful photos!This is something I have done with my grandkiddies in South Africa... Their hearts soar just like here.
Just lovely!!!!

Wenche said...

Great shots, love animals :0) Missing South Africa when I look at your photos, hope to go back there some day :0)

Liz said...

I haven't been to the Western Plains Zoo since I was quite young (on one of our many yearly holidays to the Sunshine Coast). I would love to go back one day with my camera. You have captured so many beautiful shots, Karen!
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful family times & holidays with us!

Lisa said...

Lovely shots of all the animals. My favorite is the zebra - I love the composition and the way you captured his shadow too! I tried to leave a comment on this when you posted, but my iPad kept freezing up.

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