Libearty Bear Sanctuary
We had the privilege of visiting the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești, România as part of a trip celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Libearty look after over 70 bears that have been been previously been mistreated, caged, and kept in horrible conditions, exploited, used as pets, or attractions at petrol stations and restaurants. Heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time, the sanctuary shows the best and worst of us, and is a symbol of hope for our natural world. Donate here - http://www.millionsoffriends.org/en/donate
Taken at the beginning of our journey through the Galapagos islands, through the morning mist - this was one of the first animals we spotted from the boat. We were not prepared for the huge amount of treasures we'd see on the rest of our trip. Taken near Isabella, April 2016.
The marine iguanas appeared so playful, climbing over each other. The marine iguanas rely on the sun to warm themselves up, so they can swim in the cooler waters. They will also cover each other for shade if they get too hot. Taken at Punta Espinosa on Isla Fernandina in April 2016.
Leader of the pack
Marine Iguana's will group together for warmth, and to share in the best spots for the sun. Coated with salt deposits on his head, this large Marine Iguana stood out from the rest of his group as particularly handsome (far from the "disgusting, clumsy lizards" description given by Darwin). Taken at Punta Espinosa on Isla Fernandina in April 2016.
Taken in Letchworth, Norton Common - April 2019
Seals at Donna Nook