Whilst taking Posky for his acupuncture yesterday morning, I learned from Linda the Vet that I HAD to take my camera and visit Twycross Zoo to see the Snow Leopards. Now I'm not a fan of zoos - although I do realise that the best ones are a necessary evil due to the way humans have endangered many animals and their habitats. Tycross is involved with breeding programmes for endangered species and also their conservation in the wild (including Snow Leopards). Their pair had cubs in the summer and they are just gorgeous - they have an enormous enclosure to live in and what is brilliant is that the Visitor Centre is built onto the side of this, with windows looking directly into it - a gift to anyone with a camera. Here are some of the photos I took.
'Stealth - I haz it...'
Here's one of the cubs trying to sneak up on his Mum.
... playing with a stick he found
... and having a tussle with his sibling.
This is Mum having a well-earned break from cub watch.
'Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of human nom...'
Here's Mum again - looking at the strange
The low winter sun was a bit tricky, but did mean you could get some
Want to adopt a Snow Leopard? (Not literally! - Although it might help keep certain small cats in order... mentioning no names but you know who you are). Twycross has an animal adoption scheme that helps them with their conservation work. Click here for more info.