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If you don’t want to wait until Sing milks a mechanic cow then skip to 2:04.
I love going to the zoo. Of course, the legitimate one, not those ‘animal sanctuaries’ where a little tiger or lion cub sits chained to the ground and has humans taking pictures with it. If a Zoo takes a good care of animals, I’m all in. Sadly, because of hunting and stupid ‘medical’ believes lives of some species are in a serious danger and a zoo can be a life-saver to them.
In my hometown, Wroclaw, we have probably the biggest zoo in Poland. It includes Africarium-Oceanarium, Madagascar pavilion, Odrarium, Terrarium, Ropes course Zoolandia, Children’s Zoo where you get to touch and play with animals like goats, Rancho and many others. As for Sing… if you ever been to Ocean Park in Hong Kong you know that besides of theme rides they also have a marine mammal park, and oceanarium. And the oldest panda in the world.
Therefore I had really high expectations about Dublin’s Zoo. Especially since the TV series ‘The Zoo’ was filmed mostly in that specific zoo.
I hesitated a lot since the price of the ticket is quite high (16.80 Euro per adult ticket), but I got my first pay slip and decided we will celebrate it in style. By driving 2.5h to the zoo and watch animals being animals.
I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. It was pretty standard when it goes to the animals that are living there, typical zoo choices: tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes etc. but it also has pretty cool agriculture centre.
Ireland is probably the most agriculture country in the whole European Union. There are even commercials with sheep wearing a pilot hat saying ‘Be Agri Aware‘. It was pretty sweet when we walked around and Sing was like ‘We will take our child here and show HIM potatoes’. I don’t know why I find it sweet, I just do.
I think overall Dublin Zoo has a few great features:
- Meerkat Cafe – affordable food, free water (it’s hidden, though, so you need to look around if you don’t want to buy a soft drink or a bottle water) and has a view for a home of meerkat. Those little rat/cat fluffies are just a strawberry decorating a cake. It brought us a lot of joy to look at them while we ate.
- Doo-doo toilets – my biggest problems in public places is lack of toilets. In Dublin’s zoo they not only have plenty of toilets, but the main one has… presentation of various poops. Pretty cool and disgusting at the same time. The more you know…
- Family friendly – animals means kids wanting to see animals. I’ve seen rooms just for breastfeeding, changing diapers etc., but also points where you can specifically pick your child in case it gets lost. There are spots to rest and to have a picnic every here and there.
- Family farm – I mentioned previously why. I mean, look how professionally Sing milks that cow. If we lose our current jobs we will send this videos to farmers as a part of our resume and working experience.
- Sea lion cave – with this feature you get a chance to walk below the water surface and see the sea lion swimming under the water. It was so exciting, seeing it swimming towards me.
- Interaction – whoever thought of it was genius. The so called ‘monkey section’ is just great – you get to compare yourself with a size of a gorilla or you can measure your hands comparing to the orangutan. And right next to it you have a specie ‘Homo sapiens’ with a mirror that reflects you. We just had to make our ‘homosapiensselfie’. #swag
I don’t want to spoil all the attractions, but it was a really fun day and I’m sure I will take my parents there next time they visit us. And if you wonder – yes, that’s what in Ireland is considered as ‘GOOD WEATHER’.
I hope the photos and the video will show you that animals there are in a good condition and treated well. For me, personally, that is the most important – to make them feel secure, well fed and protected. Especially now when you hear all those terryfying hunting stories… I’m not a Green Peace freak, heck – I couldn’t even stay a vegetarian for too long, but for me ‘killing for fun’ or ‘because that horn has magical power’ is just crazy.
Do you like going to the zoo? Or you are against it? Do you have one that you like to visit often?
What else do you do when you spend time with your significant other? Let us know! 🙂
PS I’m curious how many of you recognized the intro song!