How wrong I was! The animals were OK - yes we saw elephants, gorillas, tigers, flamingos and so on. The elephant herd we discovered had been flown in from somewhere in Africa where they had been damaging a farmer's crops. (How I wonder do you fly elephants?) They seemed quite happy in a large pseudo African plain. The tigers just behind the steel fence were magnificent and it was great to see the baby gorillas riding on a parent's back. We missed the lions as the enclosure was being cleaned - what a job!
But the big surprise for me was the quality of the landscape and planting everywhere. It was every bit as good as a Disney Park and yes Disney landscapes are good! It was filled with an amazing variety of unusual trees and shrubs, beautifully arranged and maintained. I had expected some native scrub, trees and a few grasses. Having said that the landscape did change appropriately and the enclosures were planted to safely create the animals' habitat. And its vast!
As always I took lots of pictures of plants. My greatest disappointment compared to the botanic garden was that plants were not labeled, so I've got quite a few mystery plants if Chad is reading!
Addendum - many thanks to Chad for correcting some of these and identifying those I didn't know! I owe him big time!
|Banksia - species? - correction Leucospermum cordifolium - thanks Chad|
|Correction -another cultivar of Leucospermum cordifolium - thanks Chad|
|Bauhinia but not sure which? there are over 500 species! Probably B. variegata - thanks Chad|
|Ficus altissima Variegata - I think!|
|Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi - a guess - Chad suggests K. manginii 'Benichochin' - ah but the botanists have reclassified and renamed so now Bryophyllum manginii 'Benichochin' - have you got that?|
|No idea! Chad gets it - Greyia sutherlandii|
|A tree - is it Acanthopanax? No - its probably Brachychiton acerifolius - again thanks Chad|
|Fishtail palm of some sort - Caryota 'Himalaya' - Chad gets it again!|
|Climber - looks familar but can't get it - Chad update Kennedia rubicunda|
|Strelitzia juncea - fairly certain of that!|
|Snail vine - Vigna caracella - .Nomenclature complex - probably now V. speciosa|