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“If you see hoards of buses, turn around and go home!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johannesburg Zoo

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Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided Tour
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“If you see hoards of buses, turn around and go home!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Walk in nature in the City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

What ba change from my last visit - Plenty of years back. The zoo was clean, maintained and even had a coffee shop in the middle, from where you can watch the chimpanzees... Enjoyed the walk around, stopping at the enclosures, looking, searching for the animals... Lots of the animals were in plain sight, and some of them were interacting with the people as they walked past.

A great day out, entertaining, and value for money.

Visited June 2013
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“Relaxing Day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

The JHB ZOO is a wonderful place to take the family for a wonderful day in the open air. The education program is very good if one takes the time to participate.

Visited March 2013
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“Go for a Zoo trot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

On the 3rd Sunday of every month,the zoo holds a 5km/10km walk or run through the zoo. It is really refreshing to take in the morning fresh air while jogging past the animals and occasionally stopping at different points to read about the animals.
Often, families bring kids in prams along also,so it is very family friendly
Currently, it's R30 for entry, which goes toward the upkeep of the zoo..and this gives you access for the full day.
Check the website for dates and costs.

Visited May 2013
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“Big improvement!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

I was last here to years ago and since then, it has changed a lot for the better! The zoo is clean and well maintained. A great day spent. My only complaint is that the security doesn't do many checks which does leave concern for the safety of the animals. Also, the vendors outside sell noisy toys to the kids which are allowed into the zoo. Surely it should be a "quiet" environment for the animals? Not have some child blowing their toy making a loud irritating sound. I also did not see the seal enclosure which used to be there? Unless I',m mistaken and somehow missed it.

Visited June 2013
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