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A zoo that buzzed, but not for the right reasons.
Member Name: cpj1987
Advantages: The lions, giraffes and monkeys.
Disadvantages: Everything else.
I went to Blackpool Zoo for my birthday last year, in mid-September, and I can't say that it was the most impressive zoo I've been to, though perhaps this wasn't entirely the zoo's fault.
First things first, I have a severe phobia of wasps. Extremely severe. I can't be in the same room as one, or somewhere that a wasp is able to reach, without panicking. Blackpool Zoo, in September, had more wasps than animals in actual enclosures, leaving me spending the whole trip on edge and (I'm not afraid to admit it) leaving in tears.
Back to the start, then. Blackpool Zoo is, like much of the rest of Blackpool, fairly run down. Anywhere else, this would put me off straight away, but it's the run-down aspect of Blackpool that makes it quirky, and I was happy to overlook this at the zoo. However, the zoo itself also seemed fairly empty, and the animals (other than the lions, giraffes and monkeys) looked thoroughly bored - not surprising, since their enclosures seemed void of anything entertaining, for the most part.
My two favourite animals being lions and (I'll let you guess why!) meerkats, I was also disappointed to find that even in the height of meerkat fame, their enclosure was hidden at the back, behind another building, with only a tiny window for viewing. I caught a glimpse of a meerkat, admittedly, but was hoping at least to spend ten seconds watching them. Larger spider monkeys playing together made a wonderful view, and the giraffes behind a glass screen allowed me to get extremely close up and look them in the eye as they bent to say hello, but other animals, particularly the penguins, lay still in their empty enclosures.
If it weren't for the wasps, my favourite enclosure would have been the walk-through monkey house. Tiny monkeys run free, and visitors to the zoo can walk amongst them and enjoy a unique viewing experience, but those yellow and black pests were everywhere. The enclosure was crowded with guests, even on a quiet day, and once you're in you can't back out. I was left fighting my way through people, unable to escape, panicking as wasps came near me every few seconds - embarrassing, but how I looked to others wasn't my concern at the time.
I know bugs aren't the concern of Blackpool Zoo, but I really felt that they could have done something to reduce the number around the park. That said, the staff looked just as uninterested in the park and visitors as the penguins had.
An animal lover, I'd expected a lot from my day at Blackpool Zoo, but to me it just wasn't up to standard. The animals didn't seem happy, the park had very little to attract attention, and the staff looked truly bored. Thank goodness for the lions!
Summary: A wasp-infested zoo with bored staff, bored animals, and no attraction.
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