Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great Easter break. Book and I spent the holiday apart, he went to Poolburn Dam and I went to Wellington. Now fair warning, this post is basically just an excuse for me to show off all my zoo photos. I took 994 photos at the zoo, this was mostly because Jess and I did a Cheetah Encounter. This has been a dream of mine since I was 7 and we went to a Cheetah Sanctuary in Africa. Unfortunately you had to be 10 years old to pat the cheetahs there. I was so sad. Cheetahs were always my favourite animal, they were the subject of many a school project. A few years later when I was 14 we went to Maroochydore, which always meant Australia Zoo. I had birthday money and was desperate to see a Cheetah close up. We get to the zoo to find out that it was $400 for the encounter. Even with birthday and Christmas combined I didn't have enough.
So finally, knowing that we would be in Wellington for Easter, I booked in for a Cheetah encounter.
We got to the zoo early so we had a wonder around and looked at the other animals.
And finally it was Cheetah time! There's a lot of photos, I pretty much held the shutter down for the whole half hour we were in there. There names are Canjo and Kunjuka. Kunjuka mostly stayed on the other side of the enclosure but Canjo came over and lay down for pats straight away.
He felt like Jess' German Shepard, and was shedding a lot. It was crazy being so close to him. he eventually got up and sat just out of arms reach from me, which meant I could take a whole heap of great photos of him.
Having a drink and looking beautiful.
Staring right into the camera, what a poser.
Cheetahs claws don't retract, it helps them run faster.
Here Canjo was purring his head off and drooling - Cats are all the same no matter the size. Just like that the half hour was over and the handlers let the Cheetahs back into their regular enclosure. It was incredible to be so close to such a beautiful animal.
We finished looking at the rest of the zoo animals, including the Lions.
And a blurry Red Panda.
All in all a fantastic day at the zoo. I can now cross "Pat a Cheetah" off my bucket list and think of something else. Swim with wild turtles maybe? That would be cool.
For now it's back to Dunedin and back on that Media Melt, video production grind!
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