A day at the zoo – palmed off!

14 Jun

Today was a wonderful day. A bit of gardening, a bit of unpacking, a break to visit Melbourne Zoo specially to see our baby elephant.

I love Melbourne Zoo. I used to be a volunteer in Friends of the Zoos (FOTZ). Now I am a standard member, which gets me entry as often as I want for an annual price. Now that I live so close it’s fantastic, I can even walk through the zoo on the way to work if I don’t have to be there early.

It’s also a great present for friends with children if you ever need a clever idea for those that have everything. It means that parents can visit the zoo with kids for a short time, and then once they’re tired leave without feeling they have wasted the entry fee.

Anyway today at the zoo it was lovely to see baby Mali out and about, running around exploring things and getting under her mother, and the other female elephant’s feet. There is a keeper demo at 2:15pm that shows the work they do with the elephants. Checking their feet, teeth and ears – then putting the elephants through a stretching routine!

Training elephant at Melbourne zoo

Training elephant at Melbourne zoo

Next time I’ll get you more photos, but didn’t locate my camera till a bit more unpacking tonight.

There’s another baby elephant due in September at Melbourne, so soon there will be a real mixed family group. Bong Su, the father, is also the father of the Sydney elephant, so he’s getting around … Poor mothers have a 22 month pregnancy though.

Baby Mali elephant at Melbourne Zoo with her mother

Baby Mali elephant at Melbourne Zoo with her mother

There’s another baby elephant due in September at Melbourne, so soon there will be a real mixed family group. Bong Su, the father, is also the father of the Sydney elephant, so he’s getting around … Poor mothers have a 22 month pregnancy though.

At the end of the demonstration the keepers mentioned a Zoo campaign running to try and reduce the loss of habitat that elephants and orangutans rely upon. So please take a look online at http://www.zoo.org.au/PalmOil and perhaps sign the petition, or download the list of Palm Oil products.

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4 Responses to “A day at the zoo – palmed off!”

  1. Tony June 14, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    so lucky you are to walk through the zoo on way to work!

    • Ruth Baxter June 15, 2010 at 8:15 am #

      You would think I would do it more often … but not to date. Going to try it more over the next 6 months.

  2. Penny June 14, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    we’ve got that sort of membership too – it’s great. As you say we can just pop over for a few hours and not feel like we’ve wasted $60 if the kids get ratty. Which they don’t actually because they like the zoo… but still. It’s sometimes nice to pop in for a picnic.
    Love the baby! Our elderly elephant recently died and there was much mourning. I hope another can be found as a companion for Burma soon. She looks so lonely in her enclosure. Our zoo has a palm oil campaign too – it’s amazing the stuff it’s in. I have been a lot more diligent in reading labels since looking up their site.

    • Ruth Baxter June 15, 2010 at 8:17 am #

      Apparently it’s even in TimTams. Damn it. Will see how good I can be.

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