I came here with the view that this was a conversation site, rather than an actual zoo, and had read that they are breeding leopards for release into the wild. I don't know if I completely missed it but I didn't see anything about any conservation programme going on.
It was nice to see the animals but enclosures for the big cats were far too small and you could see how stressed they were due them pacing constantly. Some enclosures didn't have a space available where the animals could hide and get away from human eyes.
It was extremely frustrating to see some tourists not only throwing their litter on the floor, but also shouting at the animals when the signs clearly said "Silence" - I had to tell some kids to be quiet on a few occasions when it should be the parents dealing with this. Security, when around, would hush some visitors but there needs to be closer visitor monitoring if people are unable to control themselves.
Perhaps the park needs to have more signs in languages other than English. They could surely employ international volunteers to give guided talks about the animals so it's a bit more educational as know many people who'd jump at the chance to do this.
Why they had macaques in there I don't know - they're all around Darjeeling.
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