Tuesday, 30th May, 2023

Today felt HOT! Although the actual temperature, measured in the shade, was only 21°C it felt a lot warmer. The sunlight has been very strong the last few days (enough for me to get a little too much sun) and today was even hotter. I was careful to apply sunscreen. We enjoyed breakfast at our accommodation in Stirling today. It included as much continental breakfast as you wanted as well as a full Scottish breakfast which you had to order. The cost was £8.75 per person which was only a little more than McDonald's.

After breakfast, we made our way to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. The park has a number of areas through which it is possible to drive one's car. They are the African, Lion, Asian, and Barbary Macaque reserves.

A Greater Kudu

Ankole Cattle the males have horns that face forward and the females' horns face backwards.

It was great to be able to get quite close (within about 3 metres) of some White Rhino.

Some of you may remember the lion safari park in Bacchus Marsh near Melbourne during the 70s and 80s. I never had the opportunity to visit it so it added an extra layer of interest to be able to drive through this one. As you can see, the lions were not bothered by the presence of cars in their enclosure.

Most of the Barbary Macaques were hiding in the tress and bushes but Satoshi managed to get a photo of this one.

This female Nilgai walked across the road right in front of us!

A male Père David's deer

Blair Drummond House is now owned by The Camphill Trust which runs the house as an assisted living facility, many of the residents having complex learning disabilities.

After we had driven through all the reserves, it was lunchtime!

This sea lion had been trained to do a number of "tricks" but they were all designed to encourage natural behaviours.

The Humboldt penguins were enjoying an afternoon swim in the sun.

The guinea pigs had a castle in which to live!

A Cameroon Sheep

The Amur or Siberian tiger is a rare sub-species found in the Russian Far East and in certain areas of China.

The Birds of Prey Show took place just in front of this lake. What a great backdrop! The show was both entertaining and interesting.

A Falcon

A Hooded Vulture

A Yellow Billed Kite

There were a number of dinosaur species on display. They all moved and most made some sort of noise! This one is an Irritator dinosaur

A Styracosaurus

An Allosaurus

An African Elephant

The Highland cattle were trying to find some shade!

We both enjoyed a relaxing day at the Safari Park. All the animals appreaed to be happy and healthy and the park was clean and pleasant for people too. As we had access to a microwave oven within our accommodation, we decided to get microwavable dinners from Sainsbury's. We both had "Chicken Dinner" and pineapple pieces. It was surprisingly tasty and very cheap!

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