The Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, is a large species of lizard and is not always green in colour. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean and generally grows to around 1.5 metres in length from nose to tail.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.
The White-faced Saki, Pithecia pithecia, is a species of saki monkey found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. This particular one is a female, the male having a more white forehead, face and throat.
The Plumed Basilisk, Basiliscus Plumifons, is a species of lizard native to Central America. This one is, I believe, a female of the species.
As I was watching this snake it began to slowly open its mouth so, more in anticipation than anything else, I quickly aimed the camera and started to shoot. I would probably say that my hope, and maybe expectation, was to see its forked tongue appear…..
When the keeper said the Honey Bear was coming out to be introduced I was vaguely imagining something between a large Teddy Bear and a Grizzly, but had no real idea of what to expect. All I knew was that it slept 18 to 20 hours a day. And presumably liked honey.
The Mara, Dolichotis, is a relatives of the guinea pig and is the fourth-largest rodent in the world, after capybaras, beavers, and porcupines, reaching about 45 centimetres in height. They are found in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina, in Paraguay and elsewhere in South America.
Another member of the cat family I was able to get close to on my trip to Zoo de Castellar was the Caracal, easily recognised by its tufted ears. This one is called Alice.
I made my first trip to Zoo de Castellar in Cádiz province, Spain,a rescue centre for animals and birds, a private initiative which opened in 2002.