For my first weekend in France I wanted to do something exciting, so since it’s so much closer than from the US, I decided to do a quick weekend trip to North Africa.
Just kidding. I went to the zoo, which just so happens to be called African Safari. *Note that the English title makes the zoo even more exotic.
All I could think of when I saw the wildebeests was The Lion King and poor little Simba! They actually do look pretty sinister in real life.
We apparently went during Zebra dinner time, so I only have pictures of their backsides, sorry. But they were really beautiful. Their coloring is amazing; the definition of their stripes is so clear it looks like they were painted on.
I had actually never seen a rhinoceros in real life before. They’re very impressive, it’s like looking back into “prehistory”.
For the first part of the zoo, you ride through a large free range area on a small path for cars. Most of the animals totally ignore the cars, but being a baby this little guy was naturally curious.
For the second part of the zoo, you go on foot to see the animals in their respective cages. This was the first time I’ve been to a zoo as an adult, and I definitely saw the animals in a different light. Zoos serve their purpose and can be very helpful in maintaining populations of endangered species, but in this particular zoo the cages for the big cats were way too small.
The poor tiger, the look on his face says it all.
It was incredibly hot, so most of the animals were pretty listless, content to rest in the shade.
Just in case you were about to jump over the fence to hang out with the wolves, it’s interdit, forbidden.
The little monkey on the right was the smallest out of all the monkeys in the cage, and he usually got beat to the peanuts that the kids would throw (which I’m pretty sure is also interdit…). Here he is negotiating for some peanuts, poor little guy.
There was a seal show! Which I have to say was pretty amusing, seals are just funny creatures.
There’s a zebra loose in the park! Just kidding, it’s only Charlene. (Sorry Charlene I couldn’t resist!)
So that was my day at the zoo! It’s certainly not a very stereotypical thing to do when you’re spending a semester in France, but it was nice to do something different and see some really beautiful and inspiring animals.