On a recent holiday we spent a very sunny and fun day at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. Lots to do, lots of interesting animals and I managed to grab a few photos of some of them. Obviously, as you drive round it’s a little hit or miss. It was a hot day and everything that could relax in the grass pretty much did. This is a small selection of the photos from both the Adventure Park ( much easier to get photos ) and the Safari Park.
All the photos here are available for free hi-res download from MorgueFile.
I’ve seen Binturong at Edinburgh Zoo but it’s pretty hard to get a photo of them. This guy came out for his morning feed and happily sat a few feet away. Great to have an enclosure with no bars or glass in the way.
The iguana were basking in the early day sun. Again, very easy to get close and get a good photo. Nice of this guy to smile.
The rhinos seem oblivious to the cars going past and they certainly don’t respect the rules of the road. We were waiting for this guy to cross in front of us but we got the wave on from the person in the tractor with the big ‘rhino shover’ on the front. I clicked this as we hurried by…
The lemur walk-through lets you get really close and this mum wasn’t phased at all by me being this close.
A trip round the lake offers the chance to feed and, therefore, photograph the sea lions. Not all that easy to snap them as the duck in and out the water at the side of the boat.
We got fairly close to the lions but they were doing the sensible thing in the heat and chilling out. The tigers and cheetahs were all too far away for any kind of picture.
As we entered the safari park, all the giraffes were standing right at the fence having a good look round. They seemed very happy to pose for a portrait.
The camels were all crashed out in the mud. They seemed happier to sit in the mud than on the grass, maybe it is cooler.
You can buy food to feed the deer as you drive round. This means that they approach the car to get fed so you can snap them before disappointing them.
The sign as you enter the hedge maze says “some people never make it to the middle”. That would be me then! It’s pretty big and very tough!
The house itself is quite spectacular. I snuck round the front and managed to get some photos with no one around. Will go back one day and look round the house.
All in all, a very good day out.