Mitchell Park – The floral Zoo #garden #birds #Durban #green

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 Mitchell Park. Named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell, the park was established in the early half of the century as an ostrich farm. That venture did not go as well as planned, so it was transformed into a zoo instead. Mitchell Park. Named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell, the park was established in the early half of the century as an ostrich farm. That venture did not go as well as planned, so it was transformed into a zoo instead.

DSC_0223 Back then, a large variety of animals, including lions, leopards, crocodiles and many varieties of bird, occupied a large part of the zoo. The remainder consisted of beautifully landscaped gardens.

DSC_0221 Cycad in seed

DSC_0233 Water lettuce in the pond – Pistia Water lettuce is among the world’s most productive freshwater aquatic plants. In waters with high nutrient content, particularly those that have been contaminated with human loading of sewage or fertilizers, water lettuce can often exhibit weedy overgrowth behavior. It may also commonly become weedy in hydrologically altered systems such as canals and reservoirs

DSC_0235 New frond for this cycad in the fern garden

DSC_0238 Magnificent Stag Horn Fern

DSC_0262 Caged birds

DSC_0271 The…

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