Random pictures from the Toronto Zoo

Went to the zoo yesterday. Here are some picture. Some of plants, a few more of animals.

Wollemi Pine
Wollemi Pine – This plant was not looking too great earlier in the year but has recovered very well and I was happy to see it looking this good. I’d bet a solid 95% of zoo visitors walk by this with no idea what it is or why they should care.

Acalypha cv.
Acalypha cv.

Bamboo
Bamboo – possibly Sasa tsuboiana ‘Green View’? (Should have played around with my Polarizing Filter for this one, though I do sort of like the effect here since it isn’t on the whole picture.)

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum cv.)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum cv.)

Justicia carnea
Justicia carnea (Thanks Aaerelon for the very fast ID)

Hibiscus moscheutos
Hibiscus moscheutos – This seems to be the species which I like a lot more than any of the cultivars I’ve seen. The way the flower isn’t opened into a flat disk adds a lot of interested. Looked to be growing untended in a swampy area.

And a few animals, because that’s apparently what most zoos are for.

Pink-backed Pelican
Pink-backed Pelican

Blue-and-yellow Macaw
Blue-and-yellow Macaw – This guy posed for me for a while in front of this waterfall.

American flamingo
American flamingo – I almost never get up to this part of the zoo with the Macaws, Flamingos and Jaguars so was happy to see all of them out and looking good when I was there.

Jaguar
Jaguar – Tricky shot. Enclosure is surrounded by Trumpet Vine casting very deep shade and shot through the wire fence.

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Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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4 Responses to Random pictures from the Toronto Zoo

  1. Bom says:

    Great shots, especially that of the jaguar. I like that there were no intervening bars.

  2. Scott says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who goes to the zoo and ends up fascinated by the plants.

  3. Brent says:

    As a keeper in the zoo’s Australasia pavilion, I found your posting very educational – I had heard of Wollemi pines, but didn’t realize that we had one in our midst! The one you photographed above is not, in fact, the same one as you saw earlier in the year. Many of the plants in the pavilion are actually potted beneath the soil surface, and can thus be rotated from display to the zoo’s greenhouses for rejuvenation if need be (exceptions include the large trees and “filler” plants).

    • Andrew says:

      That makes sense, I noted in another post that the other tree I’d seen was showing signs of new growth but otherwise not looking great so hopefully it’s recovering in a greenhouse where it can get a little bit more attention. I read about the zoo getting two of these trees in one of the newsletters a while ago but have only been to the Australasia pavilion one or two times since then.

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