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.
This is Wally, a Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii, the smallest of the wallaby family.
Went for a wander this morning but not much at all happening on the bird front at the moment. Saw the odd Blackcap, a couple of Spotted Flycatchers, one finch, a few doves, Swallows and Martins, but not a lot else.
Will the UK see the reintroduction of the Lynx after an absence of 1,300 years? It is a slow process, but it has been working in Spain, despite a number being killed on the roads. The return of the Lynx
The Leopard, Panthera pardus, is a member of the family Felidae and is found in sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and even Siberia. It is, however, a near-threatened species due to habitat loss and illegal hunting, as is so often the case unfortunately.
The Red River Hog, Potamochoerus porcus, also referred to as the Bush Pig, is a mainly nocturnal wild member of the pig family and is found in much of West Africa.