|that time we went to Planckendael Zoo (24.5.2015)
||[Jul. 8th, 2015|10:05 am]
Now that BCM #24 has been released, and I've finally all but (just need to do yesterday's Starcom photos) caught up with not only editting but also uploading all my photos, I can finally catch-up on posting here again :)
HEMA had a "zoo days" action again, where you can buy a ticket for cheap and then choose from several zoos to which you want to go. Bert and I choose to go to Planckendael. The other Belglan option was Antwerp Zoo, which neither of us likes all that much. And then all the other zoos were in the Netherlands and we didn't feel like driving there.
It was the first really awesomely beautiful day of the year, which was awesome because good weather is definitely better than bad weather when it comes to visiting a zoo :)
It was also Loa's birthday, and I did feel a bit bad about leaving the birthday boy on his own, but our tickets had nearly expired and the weather was nice, so sorry Loa, we went to see other
This is just a selection of photos, you can see the full set here.
Whaaa, that monkey in the last picture! <3
Is there a particular reason as to why you guys dont like the zoo in Antwerp? I thought it pretty nice when I went there last year, the statues and cool themed houses were something I had not seen in a zoo before.
Well it's not that it's not a pretty zoo, but a lot of the animals are in cages that are just too small for them. And that's just sad. Antwerp keeps on coming up with all kinds of "costs" bullshit as an excuse, but in reality, if a small zoo like the Amiens one can put up beautiful cages, then a large one like Antwerp has no excuse.
That and Planckendael (which has also fallen from grace so to speak) and Antwerp have a lenghty history of making some really shitty decisions as far as animal wellfare is concerned.
It all looks very nice outwardly, but in reality a lot of things are pretty wrong :(
If you keep a close eye on the press you start noticing that a lot of fail is going on really.
Bwa, concerning that monkey, Planckendael has some animal "meet and greet" locations so to speak. So you can go right up close with these tamarins, the maki (like the black one in that photo), some birds (which you can buy some food for) and the penguins :)
You're not officially allowed to pet any of them of course, but in reality a lot of caretakers often tell you that it's at your own risk, and people pet them anyway.
Some of the penguins will actually waddle up to you and DEMAND pettings.
I guessed it was the space problem bothering you, that is something zoos here in Germany are fortunately working on a lot nowadays.
Your penguin story reminds me of that trip to the zoo in Osnabrück this spring: they have added a sort of walk-through-trail in the middle of the penguin compound some time ago and while I was cowering there trying to take some nice pictures, on penguin came over and tried to eat my camera bag! I was super startled! XD
I've only been to the zoo in Berlin, and that's actually really good. The zoos in Rome and Amiens are as well, especially the Roman zoo, that was absolutely beautiful!
I would be quite startled too if a penguin suddenly started to nip my stuff! Here they just come up to you and when they want to be petted they kinda poke your legs, but they don't actually hurt you. I think people have gotten bitten, but probably not by the penguins that actually came up to them to demand attention :)
I remember that in the zoo in Berlin you were allowed to pet the penguins, but it was totally at your own risk. So of course I petted them loads. I didn't get bitten though :) Because I only petted the ones that swam up to people and asked for attention :)
They're so cute but their skin is really gross, all greasy and feeling ick. I'd still pet them if they came up to me and asked for attention though, but I wouldn't do it out of my own accord.