Bristols 100 acre family attraction is set to be a big hit this season after opening a brand new indoor heated soft play barn called the Jungle Den. Bristols award-winning zoo now provides visitors with 200 square meters of slides, ball pits, soft climbing structures and games, offering the best in modern play facilities for under 5s and their parents. Regular Jungle Tots coffee mornings are also now available during term time on Mondays for Bristol mums.

Along with new improved facilities, visitors to Noahs Ark Zoo Farm can see impressive new animals in 2011, including the worlds longest reptile; the Crocodile Monitor and two new Caiman crocodilians. After adding lions, a new female giraffe, vultures and lemurs to the zoo last year, Noahs Ark is also planning the largest elephant enclosure in the UK, with 12 acres of stunning countryside to act as an elephant sanctuary.

An exciting family day out, Noahs Ark also provides a bespoke gift package for animal lovers the popular zoo keeper for a day experiences. With a choice of Big Zoo Animals, Primates and Reptiles or Big Cats Keeper Experiences: Bristols unique zoo farm attracts people from all over the UK. Often recommended as the hands on animal experience, Keeper Experience at Noahs Ark Zoo Farm Bristol are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

With families coping with the rise in VAT this year, Noahs Ark has kept child and group rate prices at 2010 rates, making a day out at the zoo more affordable.

Noahs Ark Zoo Farm offers a comprehensive Education Programme for schools in Bristol, recognized by the national Quality Badge from the UK Learning outside the Classroom scheme and hosts over 10,000 school visitors each year. Teachers looking for an educational school trip can find a range of National Curriculum based workshops from KS1 to A Level, with live animals and fun, group-based learning. The Bristol zoos qualified Education Officers can discuss school trip ideas and tailor each visit to meet individual needs.

Educational school trips to Noahs Ark are a fun way to learn; students are often more engaged when able to see and handle real live animals, whilst benefiting from a day out in the fresh air with their classmates.

Noahs Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol is open 10:30 5pm, Monday Saturday until 3rd December 2011. Visit www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk to plan your visit.

December 1, 2016

Creating a figurine zoo is a fun idea, isn’t it? You can have a little group of still animals to take care of and display all of your own. You will not have to feed them, but you will need to dust them every once in a while. A figurine zoo is a great way to show your love for animals without actually having real ones. If you are interested in creating a figurine zoo, continue reading.

The first step in creating a figurine zoo is determining the exact location. If you have a few shelves to work with, great. The other option is to have a table or a small area of floor space available in a corner of a room. Measure out enough space for the animals that you want to include in your figurine zoo.

The next step is to collect the figurines. You may have to shop around for a while in order to find all of the animals. The usual animals that you would find in a zoo are a lion, tiger, bear, giraffe, zebra, and elephant. These animal figurines will be the easiest to find in stores and online. You might be able to find other animals like birds, and if you can find them, the better your zoo will be. Make sure that they are all a proportionate size, or the zoo just won’t look right. You may want to look at some pictures of these animals just to be sure of their relative sizes.

Once you have all of your figurines, it is time to set up the zoo. You can add some fake grass or a little area of sand in the zoo area. You might want to put up a small tree figurine, or put up several trees and bushes. Make a separate space for each animal, so they don’t hurt each other.

Now you can put each animal in their special place. You can have them next to each other, facing one another, or facing forward. If you really want to get creative, you can add tiny people figurines looking at the animals in your zoo. Tiny human figurines will be a little bit more difficult to find, however.

Take care of your animals by dusting them regularly. Don’t let the kids play with them, figurines are easily breakable.

There you have it. That is how you can create your own figurine zoo with animal figurines.

The term boutique hotel refers to a style of usually small and independently run hotels which have their own unique style and creative flair. A boutique hotel could be anything from a stylish city retreat with themed rooms, a quaint countryside inn, or a quirky historical hostel.

There are pros and cons to staying in this type of accommodation, and here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of boutique hotels:

The Advantages of Boutique Hotel Accommodation

There are many advantages to be found in this type of accommodation. One of the main reasons why boutique hotels are so popular is because they offer a chance to stay in a unique and creative space that has a lot more personality than a chain hotel room. Boutique hotels usually have funky and artistic decor or special themes. This is desirable for travellers who want their accommodation to have a bit of personality and intrigue.

Another advantage of boutique hotels is that they are usually run by a small amount of passionate and caring staff and only have a small amount of guests at one time. This allows them to offer more personalized service and create a welcoming feeling. Since boutique hotels are usually smaller than large chain hotels they can be built within tiny spaces in city centres, often offering a much better location.

When you patronize independently owned boutique hotel accommodation you also get the satisfying feeling that you are supporting a local business rather than a large conglomerate. Also, most boutique hotels will offer lower prices than conventional style hotels of the same quality.

Disadvantages of Boutique Hotels

Despite how lovely some boutique hotels can be, there are also some disadvantages to choosing this style of accommodation. Some people find that the lack of a brand name makes them nervous because the hotel does not have the guarantee of belonging to a reliable large company. Many people choose chain hotels because they like the security of knowing what to expect from their accommodation.

Boutique hotels are also often much smaller than chain hotels, which means that there are less likely to be rooms available if you book your stay at the last minute. Also, if you are travelling for business you might not find all of the facilities such as free WiFi and conference rooms to use during your stay, as boutique hotels usually cater for those who travel for pleasure. Another disadvantage is that most boutique hotels dont offer the types of loyalty programs that the larger companies do.

Whether you choose to stay in boutique hotels or not depends on your personal preferences towards holiday accommodation, yet it is good to know that these unique and quirky choices are available if you desire to stay somewhere different on your next trip.

There are advantages and disadvantages to staying in boutique hotel accommodation during your next holiday.

Quesadillas are a simple way to serve tilapia or other types of fish. A wide range of recipes are available, using a mix of tilapia, cheeses and other ingredients.

Quesadillas are simple to prepare, require few ingredients and can be modified by substituting or adding ingredients. Salsas or Spanish rice dishes are the perfect side dish to accompany quesadillas.

A key ingredient of quesadillas is cheese. Several types of cheeses are suitable, allowing cooks to substitute when necessary or vary a recipe based on personal preference.

Fish quesadilla recipes contain Monterey jack, Mexican style, cheddar, American or other types of cheeses. Depending on the recipe selected, quesadillas may contain avocado, cilantro, onion, peppers, tomatoes or other ingredients.

Tortillas are thin, round, flat, unleavened bread made from corn or flour. Corn tortillas are usually small and are packaged as partially-cooked products. Larger sized flour tortillas are better suited for making quesadillas although either type can be used.

Tilapia Quesadilla Recipe

Ingredients

4 flour tortillas
8 oz. tilapia fillets
6 oz. cheese (Mexican melting cheese, Monterey jack, cheddar or American)
olive oil
1 tomato
1 avocado
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Chop and mix tomato, avocado, onion; sprinkle with lime juice and a little sea salt. Chill while the quesadillas are cooking.

2. Cook tilapia on a grill or sear in a cast iron skillet coated with olive oil. Separate fish into flakes. Slice cheese into thin pieces.

3. Heat a skillet, adding just enough butter or olive oil to prevent tortillas from sticking.

4. In the heated skillet, add 1 tortilla, then position fish, cheese and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Salt and pepper. Cover with second tortilla.

5. Cook until bottom tortilla is golden brown. Carefully flip and brown remaining side.

6. Remove from pan and cut into 4 sections. Serve immediately with salsa.

According to the Chinese Astrologists, the characteristics of an individual can be determined from the year, month, time and place of birth. The reality of such prediction is about 60% accurate since one can change ones character and attitude either for better or worse as the years go by. The environment and our determination can also affect those characteristics.

Sincere, kind and truthful attitudes are valuable for establishing good friendships whereas arrogance and flattering approaches are to be discouraged.

The following information could help you to know about your relationship as well as compatibility with other signs. More importantly, one should always realize personal shortfalls and learn from the positive attitudes of others.

COMPATIBILITY TABLE FOR THE MONKEY

A Monkey person is born in the following years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 and 2028

The Monkey is the sign of the inventor, the improviser and the motivator in the Chinese zodiac; a charlatan capable of drawing everyone to him with his inimitable guile and charm. Being the quick-witted genius of the cycle, he is clever, flexible and innovative. A person born in this sign will be successful at whatever he chooses to do. No challenge will be too great for him.

RAT – Very compatible together. Highly successful union. Have deep and strong affinity for one another. Will find love and contentment.

OX – Have mutual reservations about each other. No deep or lasting ties. Communication barriers. Moderately good relations at best.

TIGER – Strong clashes and rivalry. Will not comprehend each other. Mutually suspicious. No areas of common interests. Highly incompatible.

RABBIT – Some petty differences and rivalry. Cannot achieve complete understanding of each other. Will tolerate each other moderately.

DRAGON – One of the best unions. Mutual love and understanding of each other. Very strong affinity in love and business relations. Prosperous and successful team.

SNAKE – No special degree of attraction. May have communication problems. The presence of mutual suspicions and inability to make concessions affect both sides.

HORSE – Acceptable and congenial union to a favourable extent. Will have practical need for each other only. No struggles for dominance.

SHEEP – Will not have strong need or understanding for one another. Cordial to relatively cool relations in marriage and business.

MONKEY – Could work together successfully as a team. Have areas of similar interest. Favourable to good relations in love and business. No strong rivalry.

ROOSTER – Will be able to communicate to a certain degree only. Will tolerate each other if mutual cooperation is required. Cool ties.

DOG – Mutual respect and friendly feelings for one another. Will cooperate to a good extent. No underlying animosities.

BOAR – Share common areas of interest. No difficulties in relating to each other. Fairly good relations in love and business. No large clashes.

Monkey baby bedding brings to light two completely un-identical response from persons totally devoted to actually troublesome task decorating their son’s nursery. While some parents really love the idea of a monkey-themed room, some are more than a little hesitant about garish cartoon imagery that might not complement the decor in the rest of the home.

Both sides may have prejudices about monkey bedding because they do not understand how many various styles employ this motif. If you’d like your little one to be surrounded by charming drawings of monkeys, you’ll find that many such prints are available. Even those whose tastes lean more towards the sophisticated and traditional will find that the modern monkey bedding caters to their sense of style as well.

Baby boy bedding comes in many monkey designs that will match almost any nursery. One of a large number of tasteful prints offered in rich, sophisticated shades of reds and browns and depicting chimpanzees and capuchins at play, might interest decorators seeking a more modern look.

Depictions of monkeys are also employed in bedding themed with safaris and jungles, this has grown popular of late. Monkeys are often found in zoo prints, since most young children generally recognize them. No matter if you are thinking about making a cheerful, happy nursery or a quieter nursery, cost is sure to be on your mind as you shop.

Crib bedding can match any nursery styles and can match any budget. The costs of small linens vary hugely, from less than $100.00 ,for simple collections, to several thousands, for the elite. Many might find the idea of spending huge amounts of money on baby bedding unacceptable, but they should remember that there are people actually doing that.

A variety of quality crib sets are available on the market to cost-conscious decorators, making it possible to design an attractive space while staying within budget. There are bedding sets that put together compatible monkey designs so that they can be purchased together with coordinating accessories for a very lovely nursery at an affordable price.

Keepers relocate female false gharial to meet potential mate

It took the strength of more than 10 keepers at the Singapore Zoo to move a 3 metre long false gharial from her Bornean Marsh home early this month.

The 160kg reptile that has resided in the Zoo for the past 10 years was relocated to another exhibit because she was being bullied by a larger female. To keep the two females apart, keepers decided to move her to the Treetops Trail exhibit which is home to a 5m long, 600kg male. They hope the two massive crocodilians will take a liking to each other, and start breeding.

By introducing these potential mates, we hope to diversify the gene pool and increase our numbers. Not much is known about the biology of this species in the wild. Currently, the estimated wild population is fewer than 2,500 individuals, so captive breeding could play a vital role in the recovery of this species said Mr Subash Chandran, Curator, Singapore Zoo. Currently, Singapore Zoo houses 11 false gharials.

The false gharial or tomistoma, is a unique crocodilian that shares features with both the Indian gharial and other crocodile species, including the saltwater crocodile. These reptiles have slightly thicker snouts compared to the Indian gharial, whose thin snout helps it catch fish underwater. Unlike the Indian gharial which feeds exclusively on fish, the false gharial also preys on small mammals such as monkeys and fruit bats. The false gharial is one of the largest crocodile species, reaching lengths of 5-6 metres and it also produces the largest eggs of any crocodile species.

Throughout zoos around the world, there has been little success with the captive breeding of false gharials. Following efforts to breed this species at the Singapore Zoo in recent years, mating of these unique crocodiles and egg laying by the females has been observed. However, the Zoo has yet to successfully hatch a baby false gharial.

The false gharial has a low population density and is classified as an endangered species. Once widely distributed in Indonesia, Malaysia and possibly Thailand, this species has declined throughout its range. Small remnant populations remain in Java and Peninsular Malaysia and there are low densities of the species in Sarawak, Sumatra and Kalimantan. The false gharial is now extinct in Thailand.

While the main threat to this species is habitat destruction, intensive hunting in some areas has also contributed to its decline. Other threats come from fishing practices, with false gharials either becoming tangled in fishing nets or losing their food source to local fisherman.