Casually visited another zoo this weekend – I should really find something else to do on weekends.
This weekend it was Banham Zoo with Snow Leopards, Tigers, Penguins and Lemurs. Although the zoo is relatively unknown outside of Norfolk, it is one of the best for enclosure size, space and entertaining animals. SO book a holiday to Norfolk and come and meet these wonderfully hilarious creatures….
The star of my visit this weekend was the Pallas Cats (below).
This species is about the size of an over-weight everyday moggy with a serious bad hair day. Pallas Cats are distributed across Central Asia living in caves, crevices and burrows. Banham Zoo had four – or I only spotted four – and had recently been successful in breeding the species with a litter of kittens last April.
As always, I’m afraid the species is threatened and as usual its our fault. They are hunted for their fur – although frankly I can’t see why given the volumes of frizz-ease which would be needed to control the fluffball – and hunted for ‘traditional’ medicine. So here’s hoping we can save these moggies as I have become quite fond of them.
Photos: ALL MINE AGAIN!!!!
Palla’s Cat Reference - IUCN -http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15640/0