I know zoo's aren't everyone's cup of tea, and some people really don't agree with them. However, I'm a massive fan. A great day out for me involves a zoo, or a safari part, and the day Adam proposed he took me to the zoo. So when I started to think about what I wanted to do for my birthday, there was only one option.
We're lucky enough to live quite close to Marwell Zoo, which is a lovely sized zoo which is dedicated to the conservation of its animals and animals in the wild. I've been going since I was a little girl, and I've been a few times since I've hit my older years as well. It's really reasonably priced, and your ticket includes a donation to their charity which I love.
When we went at the weekend I was super excited to discover that they had some new additions - baby Amur Leopards, and baby Amur Tigers. I love big cats, any cats to be honest, so I was chomping at the bit to go and see them, but first off we started with the penguins and worked our way around.
I have to say, the baby leopards were so cute. They were ridiculously fluffy, alert and snuggly. There were 2 who were in the same enclosure as their Mum, but Dad was in a seperate enclosure as they can get aggresive with their cubs. He was incredible. Mum was hiding so I wasn't able to get a picture of her, but this is quite possible the best picture I've managed to get of a leopard.
Then there were the baby tigers. As an owner of a ginger cat who calls him a tiger, it was always going to be one of my favourite bits - and before this the tigers were hiding and I hadn't had the greatest visibility. But when we went you could see two tiger cubs playing around, jumping and leaping on each other and Mum and Dad it was an absolute joy to see. It was incredible to watch and be a part of, and it's not something I think I'll ever get to view again.
Marwell in general is great, as it's not overwhelmingly huge and it's easy to get around. It's the perfect family day out and they have some amazing Christmas events planned. I also have to admit, I'm so tempted to adopt one of the animals. I did ask the Hubby if he'd distract Daddy tiger while I nabbed a baby one but he didn't like his chances of survival. I think adopting someones favourite animal would be the perfect Christmas gift, and you can look into it more here. Although I'm not sure why only the child adoptions get a cuddly toy...
Where would you recommend someone go for Christmas?