Over the Summer holiday I was set the challenge by a Ocean Finance to stick to a strict budget of £100 for a day out or days out. This was named the 'One Day Holiday.' The reason the challenge has been set is to help show that its not needed to spend a fortune to have a great day out.
With the money I originally intended to go to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. I filled my car up with fuel, brought snacks and hit the road. By the time we got to the balloon fiesta the hot air balloons had already taken off and landed so that scuffled our plans for the day.
|The view from the road.|
After taking a few moments and a google search for what points of interests were nearby we ended up heading to Bristol Zoo.
Once at Bristol Zoo it felt like we were the only people there. We weren't, but it was very quiet till about lunchtime and then the crowds were flocking in.
TJ and I started looking at the lion area, to begin with we didn't see the lions until we got to the second half of the enclosure. Once at the glass the lion was at the front of the enclosure observing all the people passing by and watching them closely.
|So close to this one amazing animal.|
The next animal we went through the enclosure and looked at the flamingo's.
Tj commented on the color of their wings and body as they were such a brilliant pink.
On to the Gorilla enclosure. Again it was amazing to be so close to these beautiful and powerful primates. When we arrived at the enclosure they had just been let back into the house for their breakfast. It was amazing to see the 32st Silverback Gorilla picking at bugs and what looked like large nuts off of the floor.
The Gorilla house has recently had £1 million over haul and the fantastic 180 degree views.
The penguin enclosure was beautiful, its been a long time since I've been up close to one but this little one definitely stole the thunder from all the rest. I named him Dudley although that's not his official zoo name.
He was such a lovely character and even poked his beak through the cage allowing me to stroke his head and bill. I don't recommend doing this to anyone as they can have a nasty nip.
The above animals were just a select few in the zoo. Every enclosure was well kept and well looked after.
The shots below are a select few of some animals within the zoo that I found interesting and one which I've not seen before.
|This seal was yelling and posed for a photo!|
|A very rare TJ turtle|
|Another rare human Joey|