PatriciaRoberts hat den sehr interessanten Tierpark Planckendeal in Belgien besichtigt.
Über ihren Besuch hat sie einen sehr informativen Artikel geschrieben und sehr schöne Bilder gemacht.
Sie hat mich gebeten, sie für euch einzustellen.
Dear Patricia, I've read your report with much interest. I love the big enclosures.
Great to see an Indian village.
It woud be nice to read more. I cross fingers that you will be able to go there in August.
Hier ist der Artikel und ein Link zu den Bildern.
Elephant Fever in Planckendael
As from June 29, 2012, the public could finally visit the brand new elephant enclosure in Planckendael and like a lot of Belgians, I too was curious to see it and also to finally meet Kai Mook for the first time. And therefore, on Friday, I went to the station of Leuven to buy a combi-ticket (train and entrance card). Since prices are pending on the age, the lady asked me how old I was and I replied: a little more than 16.
And so, this morning, with lovely sunny weather and a gentle breeze, I was off to my way to Planckendael. After leaving the station of Muizen, I had a nice walk through fields, meadows, a train tunnel and you won’t believe it: but I found the entrance gate. Normal opening hour of Planckendael is 10:00 a.m., but I was already there at 9:30 a.m., so I asked whether I was allowed to come in. Of course, HEY!! Here we are in Belgium and rules are there to be interpreted in your own manner. Very nice anecdote; when I asked the person at the entrance whether Lola was already coming out, he immediately called the keeper for further information and wished me “good luck”. Unfortunately, I have to warn you all in advance that my pics are nothing special (camera is getting old and so is its owner, I am afraid).
Right from entering Planckendael, it is immediately more than obvious that Kai Mook & Co are the topic of the day. And so, I went straight to their new enclosure. And let me tell you one thing in advance: IT IS HUGE!!!! During the day, I heard people complaining that it is soo big that they cannot find the elephants. As I already told in my former reports of Planckendael, they make a lot of efforts to give the visitors lots of information, and not only about the animals, but also about their natural habitat and the people living in it. For example, around the enclosure, an Indian village has been reconstructed and according to my information, everything was made/built in situ and then brought to Planckendael. It is really impressing and I walked and walked and watched and read everything. Apart from Phyo Phyo, the other elephants still need some more time to feel more secured about their new enclosure but I am quite confident that very soon, they all will just love it. Another good thing is that these animals do have the choice to go where they want, inside their stable or outside to the enclosure (and also during the nights).
Another dream of me was to see Lola and her two babies, but alas, that did not work. I think that today I am about the only person who even saw Lola and that only for a few seconds (just enough to take 3 pics of her). I went back regularly to check whether I would have some more good luck, but in vain. However, while standing there, I realized that certain parents should be forbidden to raise their children, especially because of the nonsense they are telling their kids. Example: mother and two kids were entering the view point of the snow leopards’ enclosure. O JA, here are the snow leopards, but mommy, we see nothing. Ai Nei, indeed, maybe she is gone, but look here: here you have a good pic of “the kind of tiger you can expect to see here”. I immediately left because that was too painful for my ears.
And then, there was the surprise of the red pandas. A keeper told me that they are having a baby but that mother does not show it and even does not come out. Well, a few minutes after he left, I saw her with her baby in the grass, washing it and later bringing it back inside (made some pics of it, all blurry and you will need some fantasy but the white spot on the pics is the baby).
It was also a great pleasure to meet again the old stork pair (the ones that can no longer fly and raised their kid on the ground – I made pics of that last year). And again, I discovered new details and animals. For example, Neela, the baby camel is very funny.
It was not a big tour today and therefore, I hope to be able to go back somewhere in August.
And here is the link to my pics:
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/58 ... s&start=48