Monday, October 4, 2010

Melbourne Zoo

This isn't a very garden-oriented post, but everyone likes animals, don't they?

Here is Melbourne Zoo's newest arrival. He's famous, but unnamed as yet.

It's funny to see a tiny elephant zooming around and generally acting rather like a human toddler. Here is Mali, a four month old elephant calf. She is rather more sedate than the little boy.

There are public toilets, and there are very public toilets. This is one of a group scattered around the premises, asking who had the most unusual poo at the zoo. The boys, of course, thought this was the height of wit.

The orangutan play compound is a nice example of an adventure playground. I am sure there are similar playgrounds for human children!

I didn't find the Japanese garden very satisfying. It seems very busy, with many different plants; the gardens I saw in Japan had a more restricted palette. And the deer-scarer wasn't working!

This was the best shot I could get of the dryland garden at the entrance to the Australian animals exhibit. I have not done it justice. I have not been able to identify the yellow-flowering plant at right. The big grey one in the foreground is an Eremophila with lavender-blue flowers, most likely E. nivea. I am not sure how these plants will survive in the damp Melbourne climate! The grass-trees along the fence will be all right.

This sculpture includes lines from our best-known patriotic poem, "Core of my Heart", by Dorothea Mackellar.

One of our better-known animals, doing what he does best. I must admit I felt like doing the same by the time I encountered him at the end of the day. You can see the size of his claws, which is one of the reasons we don't tend to cuddle koalas very often. That said, at least he isn't carnivorous or aggressive like his cousin the drop-bear.


Anonymous said...

Awww bubby elephant os soooo cute.
Your boys look like they really liked the who's poo display :)
...and as for that yellow flower - I can't tell which foliage it has ... is it the shorter, spikier leaf or the long strappy grevillea-type leaf?

Lanie said...

A bit of toilet and poo humour never goes astray (I know first hand, as I have 2 boys also).

Chookie said...

Amanda, if you give me the choice of scientific names I'll try to work it out!
Yes Lanie, poo jokes always work!