Elephant footprints in my butter! Gone nuts on Zoo HIstory
Gandor New Zealand's First White Lion at Zion Wildlife Gardens
Warning this image is copyright to Liz Clark
It seems lately my life has been filled up with very much alive lions, tigers and..... long since dead elephants. Oh please you say don't tell me ol' Mad Bush Liz has had a breakdown...Sadly for those who would love to see me have a meltdown - I'm still sane and have all of my marbles. Whoops one just rolled away there!
Timespanner, sent me a wonderful gift that arrived in the mail on a day I really needed to smile. A wet rainy Monday with everything going wrong and our rural delivery man shows up with a parcel. Inside it was a wonderful book called 'A Tiger by the Tail - Auckland Zoo 1922- 1992'. It's the history of Auckland Zoo written by former curator Derek Wood with Robert Mannion. The book was produced in 1992 by the (now former) Auckland City Council.
I've had my nose in it ever since - bad person I am! Well not bad because above is what came from that reading the book and looking at all of those old Zoo photographs. I've had fun drawing Auckland Zoo's very first elephant Jamuna who arrived in 1923. She spent over 40 years giving rides around the zoo to visitors. Sadly she was put down in 1965. Jamuna should have lived another 30 years at least. Sadly many elephants in captivity just don't live to their full lifespan. Other than digging into the stories of dead elephants and other animals life goes on. Still crazy still mad and that's how I like it.
Hope everyone is well and happy - oh well back to my reading now.