Saturday, April 10, 2010

Camera Critters: Lueneburger Heide

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We used one of the first warm spring days to visit the Wildpark Lueneburger Heide, a zoo that keeps mostly animals native to Europe in very big enclosures. It's great to watch birds, too, because the zoo is more like a huge park/forest and there are a ton of wild animals around.

We were greeted by some peacocks, normal ones and some white ones - it's a colour breed and they are not albinos (they have a dark iris)
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Baudet de Poitou, also known as Poitou or Mammoth Donkey, the biggest of all donkey breeds

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red deer, some young bucks playfighting

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fallow deer, the white one is not an albino, just a colour breed
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Highland cattle

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a pygmy donkey foal

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Shetland pony

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Curly pig aka Mangalitsa piglet

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a girgentana goat

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a wonderfully shaggy alpaka - how does it see anything?

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a White Wagtail

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a raccoon - they were introduced to Europe in a small number and are now considered a native species
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he's just eating something, but doesn't he look fierce?

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a wild cat with kittens - she didn't seem worried about all the people going oooh and aaww over her babies

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a moose - one of my favourite animals with that huger nose and the fours legs that seem to go in eight different directions at once when it's running

two Snow Leopards, there are probably less than 7000 left in the wild
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here's the male
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he was marking his territory, the long tail allows them to balance and jump in the moutains while hunting for wild sheep and goat. Snow Leopards can jump 14 meters (46 ft)!
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Kodiak bears, the biggest of all the brown bear subspecies. They were very active, running around, chasing each other and begging food of the visitors (you're allowed to feed them with special food)
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the wild boars had a huge number of piglets - they are so adorable and I always wonder if they are soft. But I don't think the adult would allow me to find out.
a quick drink while mom is scratching herself
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and then resting, using your sibling as a pillow
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This is a Camera Critters post, the meme for all animals great and small

10 comments:

Captain Shagrat said...

You are really spoiling us this week, so many but if I had to choose i'd say piggy, raccoon and the tiny donkey are my favorites.

Reader Wil said...

I love zoos!! So you did me a great pleasure to show these photos! Thanks also for your visit and comment. Have a great weekend!

EG Wow said...

The wild park looks like a great place to visit and take photos. I love the Highland cattle!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Oh my goodness! I never knew little wild boar piglets were so cute! These are terrific photos--thanks for sharing your visit with us.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Wonderful photos, looks like a fun place to visit.

Sarah Knight said...

Wow, awesome shots! Really love the peacock & the raccoon!
: )

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Lovely selection of beautiful animals and birds. :)

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

am happy to see animals living in a park f0rest z0o design than those animals in a cage,can't even walk or make a r0unds.i h0pe all animals can live better the way they used to be.

Dina said...

Such amazing and diverse critters!
I'd love to cuddle that baby donkey.

Misty Dawn said...

OUTSTANDING images!!!
I'm crazy over the pygmy donkey foal and the snow leopards. The raccoon and bear photos are awesome!