Singapore Zoo and Perth, WA
05.09.2011 - 09.09.2011
Singapore zoo is incredibly trusting - you walk through the gate and there are cute little tamarins, just sitting in their tree staring at you. No bars. No fence. No barrier. That zoo actually trusts people not to pull the tails of their animals. Can you imagine that happening in the West? A lemur actually ran between James's legs in one of the enclosures.
Perhaps more surprisingly, they also have no fences around the lion and tiger enclosures, just a big moat. This means when they tell you a tiger can jump 10m, you mentally estimate the width and depth of their moat for at least two mins. Afterall, as we sadly learned in San Francisco, they don't always guess correctly on the lengths an angry tiger will go to when it wants to eat you.
They also do a night safari, where massive flying squirrels coast over your head and you get to see all the nocturnal animals become animated. Strongly recommended, great emphasis on conservation, huge enclosures and very thoughtfully laid out.
We also squeezed in time for a walk by Raffles before heading home, still as splendid as it ever was.
2. Visiting family in Perth
We've been staying with my uncle Paul, his wife Bridget and their kids, Annie and Liam, just relaxing and taking it easy. We've been down to King's Park to take in the view of Perth, down to Freemantle to see the historic prison, eat some cake and take a look at an America's Cup yacht and out for dinner. It has been lovely catching up with family and we owe a big thank you to them for letting us freeload for a few days!
Bizarrely, they have a dog, Harry, who shuns balls in favour of chasing lemons which fall from the nearby tree. He then pulverises the fruit, leaving him licking his lips an awful lot and a very frothy lemon. Gross. Lovely dog though.
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