Basel Zoo

During my recent trip to Switzerland and Alsace, I found myself in Basel with a couple of hours to kill in the afternoon of Friday, April 9, 2010. For the first time in many years, I decided to take a stroll through the Basel zoo. My Nikon was in the trunk of my car; what to do? Go back and get it? That would have taken a bit over half an hour. On the other hand, I did have my Panasonic Lumix TZ7 point-and-shoot camera with me, so I decided to put it to use. To be honest, the visit turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, mostly because there was quite a bit of construction, and many exhibits were either reduced in size or closed completely. Most notably, the exhibit containing the great apes was closed because of an animal transport. Three days after my visit, it closed completely until the summer of 2011 when the new home of the primates will be completed. Still, the outing yielded a few pleasant shots, and it's always fun to observe the animals—and the bipeds that watch them.

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on the caption below each photo to learn more about that animal!

Indian Rhinoceros Greater Flamingo
Indian Rhinoceros
(Rhinoceros unicornis)
Greater Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus ruber roseus)

Mouflon African Elephant
(Ovis orientalis)
African Elephant
(Loxodonta africana africana)

Great White Pelican Human
Great White Pelican
(Pelecanus onocrotalus)
(Homo sapiens)

Devil Firefish Guanaco
Devil Firefish
(Pterois miles)
(Lama guanicoe)

Australian freshwater crocodile Coypu
Australian freshwater crocodile
(Crocodylus johnsoni)
(Myocastor coypus)

Lions Lion
(Panthera leo)
(Panthera leo)

Cheetah Mute Swan
(Acinonyx jubatus)
Mute Swan
(Cygnus olor)

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