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bristol, United Kingdom
January 7, 2005
The first walk-through area we came across (near the penguins) was a large enclosure covered in netting, and high up in the tree was a vulture. I've kept birds myself, but I'm afraid a vulture was a little too much for me! However, the Kos Aviary was excellent--a tropical bird aviary that was like walking through a rainforest. There were a lot of Australian animals throughout the zoo, some quite rare, and some, like the wallabies, in areas you could walk through and get close to them.
When we got to the larger animal cages, you started to realise how bored and stressed they were. Some of them had clumps of fur missing, and some paced their cages or stood swaying their heads from side to side. The chimps, monkeys, and gorillas were kept in very bare concrete houses with little to occupy them. The gorillas were the saddest because they looked so human; it was almost as though you could see the emotion in their eyes.
The greyness of the winter may well have made the zoo seem even more oppressive. But by the time I left, the whole experience had left me feeling very depressed.
From journal Christmas Shopping in Budapest
September 21, 2002
From journal On the beautiful blue Danube....
September 9, 2001
The most memorable thing about it was the opportunity to pet some fairly exotic animals such as zebras and giraffes, something I've not seen elsewhere.
A Couple Minor Gripes
There are few grazing opportunities for humans at this zoo. The restaurant/cafeteria we found had a very limited menu, sullen staff, and no ice, which on a hot day makes a big difference. Also, the restrooms are few and far between -- and very hard to find.
From journal Budapest: a Danube Gem