Cannot believe it but its still very sunny here on the coast the temps gone down a little now but theres still people buzzing around the place mingling with staff so thats all good.
We have a couple of regulars now who brought their African Grey in earlier this year and i think they have now got the record for most visits in one year :-), its a good job theyre lovely people too.
We are now stopping birds coming in for this year so we do not fill the winter rooms, they may be needed for emergencies, and to tell you the truth I am sure Ruth will relish the break as its probably been one of our busiest years ever for birds coming in but she and all the animal staff have managed, as they always do.
A few of the older and more frail birds are starting to make their way into some of the winter buildings also, so don’t be disappointed if there’s one or two empty aviaries, it wont be for long, just till we move something in them for the winter.
All the animals and birds are doing very well and no doubt enjoying this last bit of warmth, albeit the wind seems to be getting up a little, but i do believe its forecast, so cant grumble and will blow the last of the wasps away :-), seems like the entire country has been plagued by them this year and due to the amount of fresh fruit we offer, this doesnt help, but its all in the birds best interest so just something we have to put up.
Petes just finishing the underfloor heating in the new macaw extension which will be around 7500 cubic feet + a brand new steel lined building offering ample more housing for them. We shall also attempt one of our famous water features 🙂 we will get it right one day.
Baby meerkats and vasas are doing spectacularly well and are seen on show most of the time now.
So all in all i think the words are: So Far So Good
Bring on the winter…… brrrrrrr
Weathers held out very well making it a good weekend yet again, although it does feel a little cooler today, may catch up on some paperwork now, thats if theres any to do, i dont get a look in now the new admin ladys took over, oh other than signing cheques 🙂
The Galahs, Bare Eyed’s, Goffins and some Lessers are now in their new enclosures and loving it, just been to check on them and are all still exploring so that will keep them busy for a while.
The last Greater Vasa chick has made an appearance at the nest hole and stood on the outside shelf just the once so hopefully he will be with the flock later today and mom can get that much needed breather she may even start to get some of her feathers back a little, its amazing how many visitors come down and ask about the scruffy black and yellow parrot querying what the problem with it is? There is no problem, its just an amazing manifestation that the Vasa parrot goes through when in breeding condition and turns from the stunning sleek black parrot to something that looks like a yellow bald eagle, she actually only looks good for about 4 months of the year, the rest is either losing feather or growing them back, but she has been a great mother yet again.
Take a look:
Meerkat babies still doing fine, just a few more day and they will be out of the woods and hopefully running around a little.
Lemur babies are doing ever so well being totally independent of mom now in the day time, just the odd feed and cuddle here and there.
Thats it for now, off for a walk around the nature reserve.
Never anticipated the feedback from you guys concerning the Meerkats, so here’s a few more picture,
Listen to a little ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly’ theme tune while watching 🙂
Dodgy City at Sunset:
Get a little work done and pan for some gold
The guys are waiting for Cleo’s to open and taste their First real Tequila
Took a while to find the upper floor but Clint Northsteel found the bar
Wasnt long before the posse found em
Ended up attending the first funeral ( only joking) 🙂
I can only offer my full apologies for the big blog gap, and to put it as it is, we have just been so busy, rubbish excuse it seems i know but its true, we have broken all our existing business records. It does seem that you love it here and love the work we do to. We are still busy and in the 1st week of September, if we dont get one more visitor this year, we will still have done better than last, but at least i will now have a little more time to get back to my work, and that includes blogging 🙂
Parrots first and foremost, its been a little too hot over long durations for the birds but they have coped well and our amazing animal keepers have bowed to their needs with cold fruit by the bucket load or should I say basket load…. We are in two minds about a new idea that was suggested using wire shopping baskets to present the fruit. We have negotiated a deal with a major fruit supplier enabling us to obtain a little under 3 ton of fresh fruit per week, this is all human graded fruit and not supermarket gear, in fact this is better than what you would get from supermarkets as we get it before they do. The major problem was we have to collect it and then on return sort and distribute it around the enclosures, obviously a number of problems were highlighted very quickly, the main ones being, it had to be presented in parrot proof dispensers, trays etc, and we had to be able to exchange it relatively quickly due to the fact we are also feeding the local wasp population.
A member of public who also happens to be a breeder mentioned he bought some wire shopping baskets and they worked for him perfectly, now we thought that was an excellent idea so off we went and purchased 100, so on Ben arriving at work his first job was to unload the fresh fruit delivery put it in the waiting baskets so as the staff arrive their first job is to go around, take yesterdays out and put the new in, so fresh fruit delivered in the aviaries every day and yesterdays taken to the compost, well in theory it should work nicely but in reality its not the best idea, yes it gives access to all the fruit at all angles and the parrots cant destroy them but the aesthetics just arent there, it just looks like a basket of fruit in the middle of an aviary, so if you have any ideas please let us know.
The new walk-through aviary is as usual a massive success, you love it and are not ashamed to tell us, due to this bit of the zoo you visit dwell time has on average increased by a further 1 hour and that is amazing for us has we know we are doing something right, how? Easy, you tell us. On filling out our visitor survey forms to which 1000s have already been completed you tell us what your likes and dislikes are in order for us to act, and the overall impression is: you love it. Phew!!! 🙂 It isnt actually fully finished yet but all that needs finishing is decoration so nothing detrimental for the birds.
The greater vasa parrots have bred again this year and this fell perfect for our cognition research program which one of the PHD students is working on, as it has now doubled up to a relationship study also, and the babies are doing very well just leaving the nest now so all good and exciting there.
While talking babies, the Meerkat family has just grown by six, yes six new babies all doing very well and just coming up to 2 weeks old, theyve been born just in time to move into their new extended enclosure which is without doubt one of the largest in the country covering an area 120ft long X 40ft wide and looks spectacular, again we are just finishing that final stages and theyre ok for a few years.
The baby lemurs are growing up now already independent of mom just using her for the odd ride around the place or a loving cuddle which they get a few times a day.
I will not spill everything as I am hoping to get back into regular blogging now, we just have to sort everything for the big change over and we should be able to inform you of some big news very shortly……very exciting if it all goes as planned 🙂
So for now, thanks for reading, i will also be tweeting again @parrotzoo & @parrotman