Who are we

We are a family of 3 who took a break from our routine. Usually we live in Scotland but February to the end of July 2011 we were on the road in North America for 6 months. We are Mark (also known as Dad), Rachel (also known as Mum... and a whole bunch of other names... my usual at-home blog is here) and little h (10/11 years of age during the trip).

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Arctic conditions, tropical rainforests... all in one day

Watching the polar bear

So, yesterday we went to Toronto Zoo. It was pretty amazing. Sure, on a snowy February day a lot of the outdoor African animals were nowhere to be seen but there was so much else to observe and it was all so well-designed and (best for me) it was all fairly free of human crowds (it being a Monday in midwinter...). Highlights were the Tundra section (Arctic wolves and foxes and h's favourite 3 majestic polar bears), the Sumatran orangutans and the Western Lowland gorillas but it was all pretty spectacular. Mark took a lot of photos but the best of them (still quite a lot!) can be seen here.

Toronto Zoo


The Bug said...

Great pictures! Still wishing I had H's hair. Sigh. If I died it, it probably wouldn't look right, would it?

The Bug said...

Oh Lord - DYED, not died. !

Rachel Fox said...

I used to dye my hair something like that colour... about thirty years ago!

Rachel Fenton said...

Don't go and dye on us, Bug! Made me chuckle! I'm always doing that - typing the wrong homonyms, not dying (either meaning).

Oh, what was I ...ah, yes, so nice to see winter animals getting the appropriate climeat in a zoo for a change, though! Nothing more pitiful that a malting beast on a slab of concrete! Super pics - soooo envious!

Also, I keep seeing this blog pop up on my blog roll and thinking, who the hick is that - then remembering, tis t'other Rachel!

Eryl said...

A polar bear eating a carrot isn't something I ever thought I'd see!

Rachel Fox said...

The bears had herring for main course and carrots for afters. They really took their time over the carrots - seemed to enjoy them.


Andy M said...

Cool pics mark...the bear with carrots look quite surreal

Kat Mortensen said...

The Toronto Zoo is quite a trek, isn't it? We went about 10 years ago now. It's sort of an every decade kind of thing.
I'm always of two minds when I visit - excited to see the animals up close, but sad that they have to be there at all.