So we go a few times a year, we've thought about an annual pass but it's not quite a saving yet. At under £50 for the three of us for a day it's not a cheap day out but not totally crazy either, and the quality of the day's fun is high! And so many animals.
We hadn't visited so early in the year before, usually waiting for a hot day in August but in May on a sunny day it was lovely. Cooler so more animals were out and about and also slightly less crowded.
I was most excited to see the fossa, my favourite animal of all time, it's like some weird mad scientist crossed a dog, a cat and monkey; all slinky muscles and evil teeth. So I was thrilled to read they have a new male there and hope to breed them soon, a baby fossa! I simply cannot wait.
Husband is more a fan of the warthogs and rhinos, and his absolute favourites have always been the capybara, although after this visit he says that maybe his allegiance has changed to the coati , who are great fun to watch, hunting insects in the grass and bushes, pouncing into the clover and snapping at the flies, and they are great climbers too.
Darling Daughter is a fan on giraffes, and meerkets. But her total favourite is the tapir, for the whiffling noses and the cuteness of their babies - we did see the tapir but sadly didn't get any photos of them...they were whiffling though.
So here is a selection of photos from our day.
|Coati (pronounced Ko-ah-tee)
|Fossa (definitely male)
|Fossa, (yes I took a lot of pictures of him)
Find out more at the website https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/ where you can also buy your tickets to jump the entrance queues!