To go to the Madrid Zoo I used bus 33 from Casa de Campo, which left me in front of the entrance. It's one stop away but it seemed like a big distance. Right next to the front door there are automatic machines for people who want to buy tickets using a credit card and the price of the ticket is 22.25€ for adults. I don’t mind paying 22€ as an etrance fee because I think it's worth it. But I didn’t like the fact that to get a plan of the zoo, so that I could locate the animals, I had to pay an extra 0.60€. It is a big zoo with plenty of animals, more or less the same species that you can see in most zoos, and not many visitors. There were rhinoceros, elephants, wallabies and a red kangaroo, a racoon, goats, bears, white Alaska wolves, lions, pink flamingoes, and of course red pandas, giant pandas and koalas among many other species rare or not. The weather was good and all the animals were out. It was clean, quiet, and there were small kiosks around, which were closed. I was afraid that I would have difficulty seeing the giant pandas, because of the crowds that I was expecting to see there, but that wasn’t the case. I stayed there as long as I wanted, took pictures, returned from time to time. In the beginning some of the four pandas were sleeping, but just before closing time (18:00) they were all out playing. What I found interesting is that some species were located in more than one place. I saw red pandas, rhinoceros and bears in two different areas of the zoo.
There were many goats in an area where one could open a wooden door and join them. The kiosk next to their space was supposed to sell special food for visitors who would like to feed them, but it was closed, as every other kiosk there.
What I didn’t like: the brown bears were in their "home" and there were signs "dangerous animal". They looked at people and walked round, left, right and were ready to jump on us; and they would have, if it wasn’t for a small gap to prevent them. They really seemed to suffer. Same thing with the red kangaroo. A giant kangaroo was isolated in a small piece of land. At the time it laid down resting, because there wasn’t enough space for it to move properly, while at the same time there were a few wallabies that lived in a huge space of their own.
It was a lovely day out with the animals. One should have plenty of time to spend there; it's necessary.
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