When working in a game reserve in South Africa one has many opportunities to take images of Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, …….

Going to a Zoo in Switzerland presented me with some – for me – unusual images.

The first image is of a baby Golden Lion Tamarin – my nieces thought that this little one was the cutest creature in the zoo. The second image is of an Elephant Shrew – one of the small five :-). The third is of a Carmine Bee-eater, one of my favorite birds.

I love the African Wild, but I also enjoy well run zoos! They have such an important role in education, research and conservation. They are an important “tool” to ensure that the 99% of mankind – who will never see the animals in their wild habitat – have an appreciation for the need to preserve nature.

20130527 - CS3_0047 - E - SIGThe Golden Lion Tamarin is a small New World monkey. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil it is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of approximately 1,000 individuals and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals among 150 zoos.

20130527 - CS3_0148 - E - SIGElephant Shrews are small insectivorous mammals native to Africa whose name comes from a “fancied resemblance” between their long noses and the trunk of an elephant, and an assumed relationship with the shrews in the order Insectivora.

20130527 - CS3_0165 - E - SIGThe Carmine Bee-eater occurs across sub-equatorial Africa. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly colored,striking bird, predominantly carmine in coloration, but with the crown and under-tail coverts blue.


7 Replies to “Unusual”

  1. What amazing beautiful photos from the zoo as you say zoos do have their place glad you are enjoying your well earned holiday with your family but it will be nice to have you back at thanda and all your regular updates
    Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

    1. Well – the weather in Switzerland was horrible, but I had a good trip anyway – lots of friends and family and lots of great food 🙂 – Best regards – Christian

  2. These are 3 beautiful wild animals I have never seen before. The bird is unbelievable! The little Tamarin is so cute! Thanks for sharing your vacation images and enjoy your travels.

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