So I was bored and it's a nice day, I decided to go to the zoo. If you don't know they inexplicably built Belfast zoo on the side of a steep hill :frown2:. I made it to the top once, back down to see the enclosures I'd missed like the cat walk, got to the bottom and realised I'd missed the monkeys. I had to go halfway back up and I didn't even particularly want to see the monkeys just the tree kangaroo they had beside them. Everything hurts but I had a great time although this is the second time I've gone wanting to see the capybaras and they weren't in the enclosure. I got a few probably not great photos I thought I'd post. For the anti-zoo people probably already lining up to condemn me. The only signs of stress behaviour I saw were in the rescue elephants and one of the monkeys because some idiot children were banging on the glass while their parents stood and watched . In an ideal world we wouldn't need zoos, we don't live in that world we need the captive breeding programmes. One of the eagles they bred has actually been released back to the wild along with some bred in Norway. That should be the aim of the captive breeding programmes but it's not always viable of course. Antelope of some kind a bleisbok I think A terrible photo but I loved this. I was right beside these two antelope :001_wub: and they were completely unphased. I think this was a bongo but they were under trees so Spider monkeys I tried to get a photo of the baby but he was moving too much. He was such fun to watch though An egret of some kind they had the species names up but birds aren't my thing Moloch gibbons this one was staring right at me until I took the photo His buddy was more cooperative Chilean flamingoes I've no idea what this one is but it looked interesting Chilled out looking vicuna there was another as well Lion-tailed macaque who was up at the glass checking out what everyone was doing And the massive enclosure they had, most of the primates have something similar Pygmy marmoset dad with twin babies :001_wub: The western lowland gorillas they have a one year baby the first the zoo has bred in 16 years :thumbup1: Mum with baby hidden The huge silverback there were idiot kids banging on the glass while the parents did nothing An older infant And the star attraction they had a sign up saying the gorilla house is closed during really busy times to give her and mum some peace Two of the chimps The gorgeous maned wolf Lioness keeping a close eye on the humans. These are supposedly barbary lions which are extinct in the wild but afaik they've proven the species is completely extinct The penguins they have gentoos and something else The californian sealions there was one swimming as well This little prairie dog was so cute digging around for something. They have a whole group of them who are rather infamous for digging out of the enclosure Sleepy sumatran tiger Penguin feeding as much as I hate the things it was quite cool to watch. They all stood patiently as the keeper handfed them in turn Crowned lemurs I think... the sign said javan brown langurs but then that they'd moved them The ever popular ring taileds A terrible photo but the tree kangaroo that had me climbing halfway up a mountain again. They're only the second zoo in Europe to have these I think There were others I saw and couldn't get a photo of the fossa that was only there for a minute, the african wild dog I only saw the ears of, the red pandas I could barely see and the camera couldn't find. But I'd rather the animals be able to hide away should they want to than be forced to be in the open all the time.