Cotswold Wildlife Park

In September 2010, Julie and I booked a cottage for a short holiday in Stow-on-the-Wold. This town is at the heart of the Cotswolds, one of the most picturesque regions in England. It was a lovely house, and the location gave us the chance to explore much of the area. During our stay, we visited Bourton-on-the-Water, Tewkesbury, Burford, and many other places of interest. Close to Burford, we discovered The Cotswold Wildlife Park, and spent a very pleasant afternoon there, looking at the animals and birds, and admiring the plants and grounds too.

I took a few photos, and some are shown here, featuring animals that are a little different, and a colourful plant display. If you are ever in the area, I can recommend this park as a very pleasant excursion. As usual, the files are large, and can be clicked on for more detail.

One of the highlights here are the park’s rare Red Pandas. It took a lot of patience, waiting for them to emerge, and finally getting one of them to look in the direction of my camera.

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This tortoise got my attention because not only was it far larger than a pet animal, it also had this unusual knobbly shell.

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The Meerkat enclosure was a hive of activity. I spotted this tired-looking meerkat on ‘lookout duty.’ He was resting on the artificial termite mound, and you can see how well camouflaged he would be, in the wild.

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The gardens had many vibrant displays. With my Fuji SLR set to slide simulation mode, the reds look almost artificial.

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If you would like to know more about this park, here is a link to the official site.
http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/animals-gardens/

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21 thoughts on “Cotswold Wildlife Park

  1. The park is on our list, Pete. Lovely take on the animals, the meerkat is amazing! What a great expression, ‘Chocolate-Box England’. 🙂
    Bets regards from Norway,
    Dina & co

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    1. I have the DVD, given as a gift, last year. I haven’t opened it yet, as I am undecided about the excessive CGI. I might think about watching it soon.
      Thanks, David.
      Regards from a rainy Norfolk. Pete.

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  2. Love the tortoise, I think it is an Indian Star. Such prehistoric-looking animals. And you have captured that meerkat beautifully, in such an iconic pose. Not a place I have visited despite passing nearby many, many times.

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