Last week it was our Poppet’s 2nd birthday, and her Nanna (Ma Kettle), her Auntie MJ (me) and her parents took her to the Melbourne Zoo on her birthday day.
As I walked and chatted with DocSisterInLaw, I worked out that the last time I was at the Zoo was in nineteen hundred and seventy three or four when I was just a young-un’ on a school trip; we ventured down from the country for the day – a three hour bus trip one way!!
“Um, were you even born then?” I asked DocSisterInLaw.
“Er, just trying to see if I remember the ’70’s……er, no, I wasn’t!” she replied!
Anyway, that last time I was there – way back in the Dark Dahoogas – the cages looked like this. So distressing and upsetting (for both children and animals).
Now, it’s oh so different…….
(Warning – this is a long and pic heavy post!)
Our first stop was the Lemurs. Air locked doors lead into an enclosure where there are no barriers between visitors and the animals with a Zoo staff member in attendance to guide and answer questions. Beautiful surroundings
I do think Anne may have had a word to the animals, ‘cos from here on in they all turned their backs to my camera (like Anne’s sheepies, horses and donkeys do) and so there are lots of bottoms and backs from now on. On behalf of the following creatures, I do apologise.
Pygmy Hippo next (love the reflection)
Then the enchanting Butterfly Enclosure where butterflies of all sizes and colours flit and fly, land and take off, on your person(!), while we stroll amongst them, much to the delight of visitors large and small.
(I still hold reservations about zoos, but seeing the delighted faces of children, watching them reading, or being read to about the animals’ habitats, survival rates, foods, where they’re from, I did appreciate the educational value of the experience. But my heart breaks seeing such magnificent animals, like the elephants, still “caged” albeit in lush surroundings.)
We saw barely a quarter of the Zoo, just Poppet’s favourite animals so, gosh, we’ll need to go again. Our Poppet had a fabulous time, and was falling asleep, excitement spent, as we parted company to make our way to our respective homes. Happy 2nd Birthday, sweetie!