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June 8, 2019

If Zoo’s Are Little Arks, Tuatara Are One Of The Oldest Inhabitants…

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In this second-part of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, I’m looking close up at some of the detail.

The Dutch language information board translates as: “To the zoo“, “There are about 75 zoos in the Netherlands: big and small, each with its own character and specialties.

On safari, just reptiles, monkeys or birds, or a major collection of various animals from all over the world: You can find it all in the Netherlands.

A very special attraction is the Panda which arrived this year at Ouwehands Dierenpark (Dierenpark = Zoo) in Rhenen”.

The little girl points excitedly at the monkeys, but if I have to have a favourite it would be either the elephant or the iguana, sculpting those spikes can not have been easy.

The Iguana reminds me of New Zealand’s very special lizard, the Tuatara (pronounced: “too ah tar rah” which DOC (New Zealand’s Department of Conservation) tells us:

Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia, which was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago. Tuatara are therefore of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.

The tuatara is a single species Sphenodon punctatus. A second species Sphenodon guntheri was recognised in 1989 but discontinued in 2009 when research concluded tuatara is best described as one species.”

NZ Department of Conservation / Tuatara / Native Lizard / New Zealand

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A Trip To The Zoo…

All of the pieces in the 2017 Garderen Sand sculpture exhibition are a testament to the creativity of the artists who carve them. I have no idea if it is the artist themselves who designs the layout and composition of each of the pieces they sculpt or if they execute them to a brief made by some “master designer”. Whatever the case may be, this next colossus of a piece is made in several parts and is called: “Naar de dierentuin” (which literally translates as “off to the animal garden) but more properly fits into English as “Off to/Going to the Zoo“. Today’s post is a two-parter affair, the first with the overall views of the three large sculptures, the second with some zoomed in detail, because after all, I’m not a self confessed “detail fanatic” for nothing.

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June 2, 2015

It’s Not Just The Monkeys Keeping Out Of The Cold…

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Our visit to Apenheul monkey/primate zoo in the Netherlands continues, the outside space is huge, with specific areas made to suit each of the primates that inhabit that space.

The park encourages many of the primates to move in and out freely, so for instance on the icy cold winters day of our visit back in 2013 the animals could decide for themselves if they wanted to get some fresh air outside or stay in the warmth of their main living quarters.

Since the day we were there was particularly cold many of the primates very understandably opted for a day indoors.

The bigger and more dangerous animals like the gorillas can “travel” around their compound but not out of it, other smaller and less strong apes, ones that do not endanger the safety of the visiting public can not only travel around certain sections of the park but also mingle freely with the public, hence the need for our monkey-proof bag covers. It’s not only monkeys who were making themselves scarce in the outside areas, so were the visiting public, the freezing weather putting many people off this early  in the year.

This means that we share the entire park with a hundred or maybe two hundred people at most, so no queues anywhere. The downside was that we didn’t imagine that it was going to be quite this cold and one pair of gloves shared between four people isn’t fun. Each of the kids ended up with one glove and I hoped they appreciated the sacrifice because being on crutches I couldn’t put my hands in my pockets as they did. Later we heard that the temperature had hovered around freezing all day and had we known that before we went, it probably would have changed our plans for the day too. Clearly if we want to see a few more monkey’s we better head inside…

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