I recently went on a trip with my family and friends as a day outing to the zoo (kids ranged between 6mths to 6 years). The kids had great fun and loved every minute. However, I noticed the shambles that place is left in when there are hoards of visitors - so if you see buses on every corner and around the zoo, don't go, turn around and go home!
On the day we went there were busloads of visitors to the zoo, whom I am guessing have never been or never been taught how to be in a zoo. There were piles of litter everywhere even though the zoo has done a great job of putting our recycling bins and making sure that there are receptacles for litter all over the place. Then, the groups of people having a picnic - but not just any picnic - a picnic filled with booze! I was disgusted to note that we nearly had our ball confiscated (I can understand the reason for no balls), but to allow alcohol in a place that is for kids and families is just not on. The adults were lying around in various states of inebriation, barely able to stand, and making a terrible noise. Where was security??
My worst part out of all of this was the sheer disregard for the notices that state that you must NOT feed the animals. I watched people as they blatantly fed the chimps Niknaks, and threw things at them - horrendous - and again, no security to control what is going on. Needless to say, I screamed at them to stop and pointed to the notices. Then the further blatant disregard for signage asking people to not put fingers through fences, or climb over barrier ropes - one day someone WILL have their eye pecked off, or a finger chomped - once again NO security or zoo personnel to monitor and take action against such behaviour.
Needless to say - too many people not enough facilities - the bathrooms were under-managed, and by midday were in a serious state of mess, and the cleaners could not keep up. I used plenty of my own disinfectant to clean little hands.
The zoo has never disappointed me before, and I have usually found it clean, neat, and all the animals look well cared for, well fed, and as happy as they can be in a zoo I suppose. I hope that this is not a general sign of the way things are, and is just indicative of zoo personnel not being able to cope with extra hoards of people.
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