Where to begin!
Hot Summers day, no surprise really that the world and his brother chose the same day to visit the zoo as we did! One of our group is a wheelchair user, we assumed that there would be disabled parking spaces at the zoo, and there are - 4 of them! All full. So things did not get off to a good start!
Queue for buying tickets - 10 mins, lady at ticket kiosk, really helpful but to be honest, it was all downhill from there.
Without exception, the first enclosures we visited were empty, no lions, tigers, hippos, to be seen. Those enclosures that actually did contain animals were so inaccessible in terms of viewing that they may as well have been empty! Next to impossible to navigate through the sea of people, all desperately trying to find some actual animals to show their kids & then find a way for little johnny or Suzy to see said animals through a tiny viewing window from the back of a 10 person deep crowd! I have seen less desperation & panic at refugee camp feeding stations!
We actually got to see the sea lions, but the penguin enclosure contained one lone penguin standing alone at the back of the enclosure. Not exactly what we expected.
Toilets were filthy, and in order to use the disabled toilet, you had to obtain a key code from an attendant. Fair enough. Except the attendant was nowhere to be seen ... Perhaps she had locked herself into the toilet or was, like the majority of the animals - invisible!
The restaurant we ate at - the Meerkat, was a huge disappointment. Even the kids weren't impressed & let's face it , you have to try really hard to get sausages & chips wrong!
To top it all off, building work is taking place everywhere - who does that in peak season???
In summary - avoid! Buy the kids an animal picture book instead. They will get to actually see the animals then!
Where to begin!