It was half term, we braved the atrocious weather of wind, sleet (! yes! sleet!), rain, single figure temperatures at the end of May(!) and went to the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
And it was worth it! The animals have left us with so much to talk about ever since.
Max was totally mesmerised by the Siamang monkeys playing in their enclosure. I think this was the first time he’d properly paid attention to animals in his surroundings. He’s jaw dropped as he watched them play.
We saw Alan the baby colobus monkey playing cheekily with the older monkeys in the group. Alan, who was named after the park’s electrician, is just changing into the colobus monkey colours. He is very sweet.
A pair of colobus monkeys groomed each other just the other side of the window, inches away from us. Amazing!
The baby zebra was my favourite …till we got to the giraffe house.
Since we were last here, 2 years ago, the park have built a high-level walkway, so you get up to giraffe head height. One of the younger giraffes in the group found something fascinating about Angelina, so kept following her. This curious beast gave us the opportunity to stroke him when he kept leaning over the barrier.
At one point he got drawn to the shimmer of Max’s pushchair raincover….and leant all the way in to try to taste it. Luckily, I pulled the pushchair away before he could nibble Max’s nose, as Cheeky Giraffe leaned in through the vent of the raincover! I was just in the process of trying to take a picture and freaked. Max was not phased at all, but loving the experience.
The walled garden with the meerkats and penguins is always a hit. The otters put on a little show for us- juggling stones, making a right racket and perching up onto the lookout for us. We could’ve watched them for hours!
There are 2 walk-through experiences which we hadn’t seen before- one with birds and one with bats and a sloth. They are both nicely done. I like that you can sit down and quietly observe in the bat and sloth tropical house.
The lemur walk-through has been the talking point for the kids, especially Hugo for a couple of days. Absolutely gorgeous baby lemurs hanging onto their mummy’s back; a rude teenager sitting on the rail just in front of us and doing a dump by our feet.
I adore capybaras and to see their little babies is a real treat. Too cute!
It’s a pity the weather was so bad, we could’ve spent so much longer: The Littlins hardly got to play on the playground because Max and I had had enough of the weather. They would’ve happily braved the cold longer as they were keeping warm running around.
A huge positive about this wildlife park is that, besides having its own restaurant, it provides lots of places to enjoy packed lunches under shelter and more or less sheltered from the wind too. There are also a number of warmer, indoor spots for when the weather gets to you. These made the miserable day not even half as miserable.
Thank you to the Cotswold Wildlife Park for the fantastic day out, despite the weather! We will be back soon to visit the animals again, come rain or shine!
What’s your favourite animal? Do you have a wildlife park near you, that you like to visit?
PS My camera SD card packed up right after our trip, so in my attempt to share some of the great pictures of the day with this account I have postponed this post while I tried to recover my pictures. No such luck! Hence theses picture, which are Angelina’s first attempt at photography with a very basic camcorder/ camera.