The Zoo has recently become our favourite place to visit and spend some time. Auckland Zoo has New Zealand’s largest collection of animals and is recognised as one of the most progressive zoos in the world. It’s a winner of national and international environmental-related awards, and proud home to 119 different species and over 730 animals. That’s pretty impressive wouldn’t you say?
My husband and I went there for our Anniversary one year and I hadn’t returned until just recently when we took our daughter for the first time. We had been waiting until we thought she would be old enough to “get it” and appreciate the animals and actually be interactive.
Perhaps due to the anticipation of that first visit or perhaps because it really is a fun place to visit, we had so much fun!
I love, love, love the Zoo. I’m not so much an animal person; we don’t have pets and I didn’t grow up with a family dog or anything, but I just find such fascination in creatures like the Tiger who from far away always look to be such a lithe, sleek animal. And yet, when you see one up close and personal (as we were lucky enough to) you see that they actually have seriously sizeable paws and are a solid as a rock. If it weren’t for that glass…
The Giraffe is simply bizarre to me – because really, what IS that thing? Don’t you find it extraordinary that there is a creature out there that is so completely unlike any other animal on the planet? They always look so sweet and innocent and almost a bit geeky. See what I mean?
And how about those Monkeys. I could watch them for hours. No matter whether it’s a Spider Monkey, an Orangutan or a Siamang I always find them an intriguing, entertaining and captivating species.
And so, we’ve purchased a Zoo Pass which enables us to visit as many times as we like over the next year. Already we’ve been again with some friends and we’ll be going again next week with our Playgroup friends. I am looking forward to seeing the Elephant this time. He’s been hiding out the past few visits. I love Elephants.