Although I haven’t had the time to add many new zoo visit reports to the site, I managed to provide a review on Hanoi Zoo and some thoughts on yet another visit to the zoo in one of my favourite cities, London. I am committed to complete the Colchester Zoo report and give an impression of Zoo de La Flèche as soon as possible – but no promises!
The main objectives of the visit to London Zoo on 17 March 2018 are Tiger Territory, which I saw when it was still under construction two months before opening in March 2013, and Land of the Lions (opened on 17 March 2016), but while I am here it’s about time to visit the Aquarium and the Reptile House as well. Both these exhibits near the entrance I skipped on all other occasions I visited this historic zoo. When a visit-a-zoo-on-a-bad-weather-day championship would exist I probably will make it to the finals easily. Even today, already mid-March, I have to cope with freezing weather, strong cold easterly wind and some snow. So, starting my tour at the Aquarium, once the largest aquarium in Britain when it was built in 1924, is a good choice. Read more
Although I haven’t had the time to acclimatise to the hot and humid weather conditions in Hanoi, I decide to pay Hanoi Zoo a visit the day after my arrival. To avoid the most extreme heat of the day I get a taxi early in the morning. It brings me to the nondescript entrance near Nguyễn Văn Ngọc where I don’t get a map of the zoo grounds nor any other explanatory folder or fact sheet. After making my way through the gate my first thoughts are that I didn’t pay enough attention and that the taxi driver brought me to an entertainment park instead of the Zoo. Directly after the entrance a small amusement park appears, and as it turns out there are more to come. However, a few metres from the loud noise-making equipment and screaming children an animal enclosure is situated. So, I did arrive at the Zoo, no doubt about it. Read more