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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by kiang, 19 Dec 2016.

  1. NigeW

    NigeW Well-Known Member

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    Skansen is indeed delightful. I was only able to spare three to four hours to visit, so I didn't see everything but certainly got a flavour. I think all open air museums are rooted there; those you mention FG and close to my heart Beamish in County Durham close to where I grew up.

    The Pangolin at San Diego was special in the way it was shown. There was a keeper talk every day with the Pangolin, out in the keepers arms or on a wooden stand. It was a privilege not only to see one but to see one up close, without barriers and very active. I certainly felt part of a special club of people 'in the know' who gathered in a far away corner of the children's zoo for the presentation.
     
  2. FunkyGibbon

    FunkyGibbon Moderator Staff Member

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    I spent three years in Durham without visiting Beamish, one of the smaller regrets in my life but it still stings :p

    I'm jealous of you for visiting San Diego, what else did you get up to over there? Or have you written about it elsewhere on the site?
     
  3. TeaLovingDave

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    Having grown up not far from Beamish, I *have* visited on a number of occasions :p another good open-air museum in this neck of the woods is Eden Camp in North Yorkshire - a former POW camp which is now an open-air museum devoted to the Second World War - which is only 6 miles from Flamingo Land and therefore can be done as part of a single daytrip.
     
  4. NigeW

    NigeW Well-Known Member

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    ah Beamish.. happy days. I must get back there, its been a while.

    Yes San Diego was indeed special. I visited LA on business, so didn't have a great deal of time. I did LA Zoo too, but had to miss out on the San Diego Zoo Safari park, and everything else, this time. Hopefully there's a next time, because it was a tough call which one to go for. I didn't write up a report or anything - its been done many times - but posted some photos in the gallery and shared a few impressions I seem to recall.

    And as we're well off topic with the open air museums, I'll also admit I found time to go to an airshow while in California. Some things can even trump zoos!
     
  5. NigeW

    NigeW Well-Known Member

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    You're in a special place up there Dave. I think the North East is Britain's best kept secret ;-)