Five Favourite Friday... Animals at Dudley Zoo

 
What day is it, oh yes, it's Friday so it's time for another Five Favourite Friday post.  This week we're considering the animals we saw at Dudley Zoological Gardens on a recent visit.  I do have a soft spot for felines, domesticated and the Big variety, so you can guess what type of animals are going to feature prominently on my list!
 
1) Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
One of the first animals that we saw, it was perched high in it's cage and didn't appear to move for the whole time we were in the zoo as we passed by it's location a number of times.
 
 
2) Sumatran Tiger Panthera tigris sumatrae
Magestic. Yes lions are the kings of the jungle, but because of their markings I prefer tigers.
 
 
3) Snow Leopard Panthera (Uncia) uncia
Although they were sleeping on our first pass, something had spooked one when we walked passed for a second time as they were running around their cage, along the beams before settling indoors where I was able to have a look at them close up.
 
 
4) Carpathian Lynx Lynx lynx carpathica
The final big cat on this list I promise. They just look like I could go in with them and start to stroke them and they'd be fine with it.  Also, I love the tufts of fur on the tops of their ears, its so cute!
 
 
5) Red Panda Ailurus fulgens
We missed the red panda before our lunch, but when we return after lunch, it was feeding time in the pen, so I got chance to see it up close.
 
 
In honour of my little boy, I'm going to give an honourable mention to the Rothschild’s Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), as our son was obsessed with the giraffes at the zoo and we had to make a second trip to see them after lunch.
 

Do Dudley Zoological Gardens have your favourite animal? If so let me know in the comments below. You can, of course, check out Nikki's favourite on her blog here. She has chosen 'Disney Villains' as the topic, which I'm sure will be fun!
 

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