Thank-you, Tasch. Was your last visit before 2017? That was when the plunge was taken to apply for a zoo licence and things have since progressed very nicely but always sensibly. At the moment a lemur house and enclosure is being built, I've been following its construction on Team Building with BITE's Facebook page.I haven't been for quite some time looking at those excellent pictures about time I went again
Thank-you, Diana. It's my pleasure to share them, but apologies for not including one of Ronaldo this time!Such wonderful photos yet again, thank you I enjoy looking at them.
Thank-you, Oli. It is a very nice family-run place.Great snaps. Seems like a happy place.
I'm not sure of the age of this tortoise but there is another one there that is over 60.The tortoise has a wonderful smooth shell, you don't see that very often in captivity. It looks like its an extremely old specimen, although it's beak looks like it could do with a trim.
The cafe and shop area was revamped and enlarged the other year. Here are a couple of photos of the park where it opens out (where the goat paddock etc used to be)...It was a while ago Bob took me on one of my birthdays ... not saying which one though lol had a slice of cake and a cup of steaming coffee as they had a lovely little cafe area and wandered aroun ooing and arrghing at the birds there
Thank-you. My knowledge of tortoises is limited in the extreme, being of the generation that had wild-caught ones as childhood pets which would almost inevitably die during their first hibernation (one survived once) meaning a further trip to the pet shop and spending half a crown or whatever on another ill-fated specimen.I would say that the tortoise is well over 50 yeas old, as you don't get many with smooth shell's like that in captivity. It was probably a wild caught one and imported in to the UK before the ban on imports in the early 80s for the pet trade.
Most tortoises in captivity have something called pyramiding, this is were the shell becomes raised to some degree, some more than others. This is due to the incorrect diet and general husbandry, such as humidity and poor quality uv lighting. But this is a condition that is still a bit of a unknown science, as we still don't know the exact causes.