All those people who said this zoo was good lied.
It was so far beyond good, I can't even think of the right superlatives to properly describe this place. It was one of the most amazing places I have ever been. The absolute only thing that could have made it better was if my other five children would have been able to experience it with us. And maybe there would have been western style toilets and not squatty potties. So I guess those are the only two things that could have made this day better.
There is no way, due to probably well thought out laws and safety standards, we could have had this same experience anywhere else. I mean, I personally fed a White Bengal Tiger for goodness sake!
Honestly, I had to look at the photos afterward to be sure I really remembered things correctly. Here's a sample of some of the things we did and saw.
|Levi's ready to see some animals at the start of our adventure|
|The only thing separating this zookeeper from certain death by hippo is a really narrow trench. There were no fences or glass enclosures in this part of the zoo.|
|We left the awesome train of potential death and were ready to walk around the park.|
|For 15 Yuan (less than $3 US dollars) we could feed giraffes. (Perhaps Ben's forte is feeding herbivores?) This is not Photoshopped. He really is that close to the giraffe.|
|For 10 Yuan (less than $2 US dollars) you could feed bananas to elephants. I had already tossed 4 bananas when Ben took this picture. I was awfully excited about this as elephants are my favorite animal.|
I don't think I could have planned the day to go better. We had wonderful adventures in great weather with a couple of nice families. What a great break from the stress of adoption appointments.