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photos from the zoo

Last week, Dave and I took a ‘research trip’ to the zoo. It was the perfect day to go – the weather was gorgeous but not too hot, and with all the kids back in school, it was practically deserted! I always love to see the animals, and African Lion Safari is very special because you can drive around inside the huge enclosures while the animals roam free. It gives you a chance to get much closer to some amazing animals than you would normally get in a zoo.

I was hoping for some inspiration for new designs, but it turns out I’ve made a lot of the animals already! Let’s take a look:

squirrel monkey photo by June Gilbank

fuzzy monkeys by planetjune

Monkey: check.

ring-tailed lemurs photo by June Gilbank

ring-tailed lemur by planetjune

Ring-tailed lemur: check.

asian elephants photo by June Gilbank

africami elephant by planetjune

Elephant: check.

llamas photo by June Gilbank

alpaca by planetjune

Llama: check. (Well, Alpaca, that’s close enough!)

rhinoceros photo by June Gilbank

africami rhinoceros by planetjune

Rhino: check.

What’s left? How about some of these?

ostrich photo by June Gilbank
These ostriches came right up to the car and looked through the window at us!

lion photo by June Gilbank
Lioness with a couple of big cubs

fallow deer photo by June Gilbank

baby zebra photo by June Gilbank
Awww, baby zebra!

giraffe photo by June Gilbank
Aww again, baby giraffe!

We had a lovely day out, and I got some great ideas, including one more which I haven’t shown above because I’m in the middle of designing the crocheted version! All will be revealed soon, and in the meantime, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my animal photos 🙂


  1. val said

    anything you make will be AMAZING!

  2. Blue said

    I vote “Giraffe”!

  3. Christy said

    Fun post, with the real critters and your critters. I can’t wait to see the new stuff!

  4. Puglette said

    hi june! what a fun day. we have a park like this in washington state. at this park you can drive through an area with free roaming buffalo. you can feed them bread that you bring with you or buy at the entrance. we drove through one day in our small convertible. the buffalo get kind of cranky when you run out of bread. we had one bonk his head against the car with his large horn, we went home with a nice new dent. one of the buffalo stuck his face in through the car window and licked the roof…ick!

  5. Amanda said

    I love the African Lion Safari!!! When we went, a giraffe licked our window! 😛

  6. Jana said

    NICE!! That looks like a place I would like to visit someday! Reminds me of South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia! Ahhhh. Wish I could go there again. Sigh.

  7. Lindy said

    Lovely photos – what a great day out, enjoyable and inspiring! I look forward to seeing your future designs & patterns.

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