All too soon we had one last day to fill before we had to go back home. We looked for a zoo in the area of La Garde-Freinet where we stayed in a beautiful B&B called le Mouron Rouge, and we found one a few kilometers further, it was a little gem !
It was a small zoo and all we knew was that it was called “exotic zoo”, and it was exotic ! Most of the animals there were exotic birds but there were monkeys and kangaroo’s, goats and deer as well BUT what made it so special for me was that the planting there consisted of bamboo, cacti and succulents !!! My favorites !!! The sun was shining, there were only a few people there and we enjoyed every minute of it. We fought for the camera as my hub wanted to take a picture of all the birds !!! and I wanted a picture of all the cacti and succulents ! We definitely need another good camera !
Here are some of the pictures we took.
THESE STATUES ARE MADE OF SPECIAL WOOD BY SOME AUSTRALIAN TRIBE WHO LIVE ON A SMALL AUTRALIAN ISLAND, THEY HAD QUITE A FEW OF THEM
A BALI SPARROW, THERE ARE MORE OF THEM IN CAPTIVITY THAN THERE ARE IN THE WILD AS THEY LIVE ONLY IN BALI IN THE WILD
THERE WERE LOTS AND LOTS OF HORNBILL BIRDS
THESE LITTLE GUYS WERE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE !!!!!
THE CAGES WERE BIG AND CLEAN BUT I AM NOT A FAN OF CAGED ANIMALS ALAS NOT EVERY ONE HAS THE MONEY TO GO AND SEE ANIMALS IN THE WILD SO FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES IF THEY ARE WELL KEPT AND IN LARGE CAGES…..
I THOUGHT THIS SMALL REE HAD BEAUTIFUL FOLIAGE, A GUM TREE MAYBE , IT DIDN’T HAVE A NAME TAG
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO UNDERSTAND FRENCH :THIS WAS A FUNNY SIGN
BEAUTIFUL YELLOW BAMBOO STEMS
A BEAUTIFUL PHEASANT
LOVELY SILVER GREY FOLIAGE
BATHING IN THE SUN
AND THIS IS THE MOTHER OF SOME OF MY FUTURE OPUNTIA’S, THERE WERE A LOT OF FRUITS ON THE GROUND SO I TOOK ONE AND THE SEEDS ARE NOW DRYING AND WILL BE SOWN IN SPRING
I hope you enjoyed the series of La Douce France, I still have lots of pictures to show you but that will be for later.
Have a great weekend all and enjoy your gardens wether it is Spring or Autumn where you live !
And thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it !
The beauty of Kenya has no boundaries, there is beauty everywhere you see. The lodges where you stay overnight and where you eat are absolutely fine, nature, wildlife, people ……
Here are some pictures of the lodges.
MOST LODGES HAVE COTTAGES IN THE GARDEN, THEY ALL HAVE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, THE GUARDS ALL HAVE WEAPONS AS SOMETIMES DANGEROUS ANIMALS COME IN THE GARDEN, THEY TRY TO SCARE THEM OFF OFCOURSE BUT….
THE ROOMS ARE REALLY CLEAN AND TIDY
THIS WAS A LOVELY COTTAGE WITH LOVELY VIEWS ALL OVER THE SAVANNAH, THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WERE TAKEN FROM THIS LODGE FROM THE TERRACE OF THE BAR
I LOVED THESE BLUE GREEN LITTLE MONSTERS
AT FIRST WE SAW ONLY A CLOUD OF DUST, THEN THIS LARGE GROUP OF BUFFALO’S CAME FOR A DRINK AT THE LODGE
THEY CAME SO CLOSE YOU COULD TOUCH THEM FROM ABOVE IF YOU WANTED TO
MY BEST FRIEND WAS THERE TOO
THE ZEBRA’ S TOO CAME FOR A DRINK, I WHISHED I COULD HAVE STAYED THERE FOR DAYS ON END
AS MY HUSBAND IS BIRD CRAZY HE HAD TO PHOTOGRAPH EVERY SINGLE BIRD WE MET, I THINK WE HAD ABOUT 1800 PICTURES IN THE END !!!