Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh Boy!

The title comes from a line in the Wizard of Oz, chanted by Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow.

But, I have led you astray.  Today there are no lions, no tigers, and the only bears were Panda Bears, in the last post, which dear reader, are not bears at all.

There were big cats and bears elsewhere in the zoo, but these are the animals I saw.

HIPPOPOTAMUS

 

Hippopotami are shiny when wet!

Hippopotami are shiny when wet!

Still raining....

Still raining….

RHINOCEROS

Rhinoceros are killed by humans for their horns, which are bought and sold on the black market and which are used by some cultures for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes.

Rhinoceros

They can weigh a much as a tonne!

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo; rhinos are herbivores.

And ANOTHER Rhino...

There are three types of two-horned Rhinos and I can’t figure out which one these are (and I didn’t take notes.)

 ZEBRA

 

Giving the cold shoulder.

Giving the cold shoulder (or hip) to the camera.

ELEPHANTS

Hide your eyes, children.  I actually got even more graphic shots, but decided not to post them.

An unexpected encounter with a breeding pair.

An unexpected encounter with a breeding pair.

And, he followed her around for several minutes.

And, he followed her around for several minutes.

I didn't notice anyone else watching this performance!

I didn’t notice anyone else watching this performance!

GIRAFFE

There was also a giraffe house, but I didn’t see any giraffes inside. Only this lonely looking youngster.

 

The Chonqing zoo is surrounded by the city.  The giraffe looks very much out of place.

The Chonqing zoo is surrounded by the city. The giraffe looks very much out of place.

Next Post: More from Chongqing.

Chongqing – Pandas!

They call these pandas, but they are unrelated to the pandas we associate with China. What they have in common with giant pandas is their fondness for bamboo. Read a bit more here.

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

It was a steamy, drizzly day when we visited the Chongqing Zoo.   There were hordes of people around as it was still the celebratory week following October 1, China’s anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.  Not that the people made it hard to get clear photos. My problem was that  I only ever carried one lens on my camera when I got off the bus (the Pentax body is heavy enough) and once again, I chose the wrong lens. Wrong for shooting the Giant Pandas  because I couldn’t zoom in on them. The photos have been cropped and brightened up considerably in Lightroom 5.

Fog doesn't dampen their appetite.

Fog doesn’t dampen their appetite.

Pandas are an endangered species. Whatever you may think of the ethics of wild animals in captivity, and the success (or lack thereof) of in-zoo breeding programs, it is a sad fact that the species has lost much of its habitat in China and Myanmar to deforestation and development and its numbers  are very low. The pandas in Chongqing seem well cared for, well fed and much appreciated.

Pandas seem to eat or sleep, though a younger one was up a tree.

Pandas seem to eat or sleep. A younger one was up a tree but I couldn’t get a good shot.

Between the rain and the very low light, I'm not very proud of the sharpness of any of these photos.

Between the rain and the very low light, I’m not very proud of the sharpness of any of these photos.

From another angle you can see the people around the other side of the pens.

From another angle you can see the people around the other side of the pens.

Next post: Other animals at the Chongqing zoo.