Contemplating on whether I should express my opinion on Jungle Island I looked through a number of reviews and felt that I have to. The point is that disappointment of some reviewers has the only reason: they were initially relying on a complete misconception.
Two main complaints are for high prices and lack of animal diversity. But one should understand that Jungle Island is not a state zoo. It's a private park surviving on its own without any financial support from the official structures, and people working there can afford less than they would like to. Still, they do love animals and take care of them. To give an example: when their orangutang female got cancer, they've been treating her for several months at their own vet clinic providing necessary surgery as well as chemistry and radiology - a lot of people in the world could only dream of such level of medical care. So, how can this place be cheap?
We took their VIP tour which was rather pricy and didn't feel sorry for the money. We travel over the world seeking different opportunities to interact with animals and were happy to communicate with lemurs (including the red ones less than one thousand of which left on the planet), feed kangaroos and giant tortoises, participate in a bird show, play with capuchin monkeys, and much more.
Do you know many places where you can see ligers? View a tamed cassowary? Pet a condor? We don't.
All in all, if you're not a huge fan of animals and travel on a tight budget, you probably should opt for something different like one of the big zoos. But if you are really fond of wildlife and ready to pay for some unique options - this place is for you.
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