Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shire... Baggins

Tropical World, Roundhay Park does exactly what it says on the tin, it's a World that's tropical themed... There's a swamp, humid rainforests, waterfalls, swirling pools of colourful fish and many exotic plants and flowers. The children were instantly impressed with the butterflies everywhere, my son wanted to catch one but my daughter made sure he didn't! Following on from the success of the Compare the Meerkat advertising campaign, the profile of the Meerkat has been raised considerably! Their enclosure was greeted with the most interest, but after learning that a group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan" don't be mislead with how cute they look, there's something sinister going on here. One display had close to several hundred mice on a piece of wood which looked crowded, I'm sure some of them must end up as food for the snakes. Another enclosure contained bats who were too busy feasting to notice whether they were going to fly into each other. Amazing to watch but nothing compared to the Slow Loris enclosure! They had a Jerboa for company, and these rodents are weird!! It appeared to understand how to open the door and was frantically leaping to reach the handle. I'm going to have nightmares for months.. With the time approaching for my brother to take the children back to London, we headed into Roundhay Park to explore. Not much to write home about but found a tree that looked like it belonged in Middle Earth! Fortunately there weren't any Ringwraiths but it was soon time for my brother and the children to leave for London. Come back soon!