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Our visit to Dartmoor Zoo didn’t start particularly well when we woke up to very heavy rain.  Since neither of us had brought anything to protect our cameras from rainwater, there was real concern that the day would turn out to be a washout.  Luckily, by the time we were ready to take pictures, the sky had started to clear.

Dartmoor Zoo is home to three adorable raccoons. Note how the mask of a raccoon is often interrupted by a brown-black streak that extends from forehead to nose.

Raccoon from Dartmoor Zoo

Then we met Fudge and Ben, a couple of Brown Bears.  Fudge looks like a cream colour but he is a Syrian Brown Bear.

Syrian Brown Bear as photographed at Dartmoor Zoo

Ben is a European Brown Bear and Fudge’s best friend.

Bear in the woods

Meet Sovereign, the magnificent Jaguar. I didn’t know it at the time but he is father to Ares who resides at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Isn’t he magnificent?

Jaguar in foliage as photographed by Pui Hang Miles at Dartmoor Zoo

Feeding time for the lions.

Lioness chewing on meat

My attempts to take a photograph of all 3 amur tigers together failed miserably on account of two of the cats refusing to play ball so I had to settle for just the one.

Close-up of an amur tiger

The short-clawed otters proved to be quite challenging as they were extremely quick. The lighting in their area was also quite poor so I had to resort to using the flash in order to ensure some decent shots.

short-clawed otter looking up

Last but by no means least, we visited the primate section of the zoo and got some great opportunities with their troupe of vervet monkeys.

vervet monkey at dartmoor zoo

It was a long old day but so worth it as I managed to get some amazing shots of the jaguar and the other big cats there.  I’m also very pleased with my pictures of Sita as to date, I don’t think I’ve been especially successful in getting decent cheetah shots.  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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