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Lions and tigers

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I’ve often been unlucky when I visit the Melbourne Zoo in that the tigers of all varieties are resting or hiding so I don’t get to see them. I’ve worked out what days not to visit ie really hot days. This time we were lucky to see the lions as well as some of the different tiger breeds.

My favourites were the Sumatran and white tigers. Mainly because they were the ones we were able to see. I love panthers but they were hiding. The white lion just sat on the ledge at the back of his enclosure watching all of us watching him. I’d love to know what they are thinking. Lunch maybe? lol One of the two Sumatran tigers wasn’t too bothered by all of us watching him. I think he just wanted to rest. Every now and then he’d let out a big yawn, shuffle around and lay back down again.

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The lions were looking for their lunch. I was a bit worried when one of them looked my way.

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It’s great to see the numbers of Sumatran tigers may be on the rise again. They are such a beautiful breed.

White polar bear

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This white polar bear appeared to be alone in his exhibit. Unless there was another one hiding or asleep in the cave. He roamed from side to side and took a dip in the pool. It was funny watching him contemplate getting back in the water though. He would walk right up to the waters edge and stare at it as if trying to decide if he would risk the cold water again. The picture above shows this contemplation. We thought he would eventually dive in but he didn’t. He kept walking away then coming back.

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Orang-utan Sanctuary

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A few years ago Melbourne Zoo built a new orang-utan sanctuary. Last time I was there they hadn’t quite finished it so I was really looking forward to see the completed sanctuary. There is a lot more room, both under cover and in the fresh air. It is separated into what looks like two areas or it might be one big U-shaped enclosure. It’s hard to tell.

There is a great education centre in the sanctuary but I couldn’t get near it. Being school holidays there were a lot of families around. On the other side I spotted a mother and baby resting together. It was a beautiful moment as the mother moved away, then the baby followed and they shared a tender, playful moment.

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Playful seals and penguins at the Melbourne Zoo

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I’m not sure if the seal pool has moved or I’d lost my bearings but it felt like it was in a different place than the last time I went to the zoo. They have built or upgraded the pool but I was disappointed. There is a much bigger underground viewing area where you can watch the acrobatic feats of the seals but up at ground level there’s not much to see. There were three seals. One of them was showing off on the rocks. I would have said he was sunbaking if he was in the sun. They are still very cute to watch though.

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Just around the corner were the penguins. For some strange reason they were all huddled behind a bush. They looked so funny. I wondered who or what they were hiding from. It wasn’t cold so I couldn’t see why else they were huddled together. They didn’t move a muscle while we were watching them.

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