I decided to drag my mum along to the Zoo regardless of the mixed reviews on TA, as I am an avid zoo visitor!
The zoo is situated just outside the city with an easy 15 minute metro ride. Disembark at Case de Campo and it is a short 10-15 minute walk to the zoo which is signposted and easily reached.
It was 20 euros per adult for entry which was in hindsight excellent value for money!
The zoo is extremely big, and houses a huge variety of animals, many of which you do not find in Zoos in England. The enclosures were large and the animals seemed well fed and looked after. The enclosures were clean with plenty of vegetation and the animals, albeit a bit hot were happy to parade for the tourists, especially the ones with food!
There was a large variety of animals- Bears, elephants, giraffes, zebras, birds of prey, 6 types of monkey, dolphins, penguins, sea lions, lemurs, meerkats, the list is endless. There were many opportunities to watch shows, I recommend the sea lion show and the dolphin show is a must!
The Zoo grounds were well kept and the vegetation was green and well watered.
We took a packed lunch, as expected the prices in the food outlets was extortionate, so I'd recommend taking your own as there were plenty of places to eat.
We spent the best part of 6 hours here and was a welcomed break to the rat race in the city. I suggest you get there for 10-11am to avoid the queues. All the animals were out and visible and most were active, the only disappointment was that the gorillas were not out, otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable day.
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