I'm not a great zoo fan, prefer to see animals in natural habitat etc, but I guess there is some argument in their favour and I have to say that most of the animals on display appeared to be in good health and condition and not exhibiting too many signs of stress. The zoo is clearing developing and attempts are being made to improve the habitats and stimulate the occupants as well as creating a good experience for visitors.
For children this zoo is just the right size and has plenty of child friendly activities and play areas.
Its a pity there isn't a more appetising cafe but I appreciate the visitor numbers probably don't justify this.
We witnessed the elephants being bathed, something they clearly enjoyed. Their enclosure was spotless and smelt far fresher than others i've visited.
There were three lion cubs and a tiny orang utan to coo over.
Most interestingly there is a well equipped animal hospital where visitors can watch examinations and even operations through a glass screen. Sadly no one around during our visit but if you were lucky enough to be there when they were operating I can imagine this would be fascinating.
Yes its just a collection of animals for us to gawp at but just maybe it will be your child who goes and is inspired to become a conservationist and make it all worthwhile.