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Edinburgh Zoo left me feeling a little bit sad!!
Member Name: rachelsreview
Advantages: Easy to park, quick to get in!
Disadvantages: The zoo could do with a good refurbishment, improve some of the areas where animals are kept.
The weather was cold and dull on the day that me and my partner in crime decided to go to the zoo!! I have really enjoyed going to zoos in the past so I got my wellies on determined that the rubbish weather wasn't going to spoil our day. It was easy enough to find a car parking space and we walked straight up to a counter so there were no long queues to wait in. We were allocated a time to see the pandas 2 1/2 hours after we purchased the tickets. I wasn't sure we would still be there because from the outside the zoo seems rather small. It's a little bit deceptive because it was fairly small at the bottom of the hill. When following the paths it seemed to go up, up and up further right to the very top of the massive hill! This is what filled out the time for us because I am not very fit.
We seemed to be looking into quite a few empty cages that supposedly had animals in. And other cages where there were animals, they looked like their life and souls had been drained out of them. At times I actually felt cruel and sad paying to look at these poor caged animals. In that respect it was very different to the other zoos I have been to. The spaces they were kept in were small and confined with not much for them to do. What shocked me the most was the monkeys. They were so unresponsive and tried to ignore people, turning their backs to passers by or avoiding eye contact. The monkeys didn't even seem playful with each other.
Out of all the animals the pandas seemed quite happy in their environment and the staff had plenty of information to give about the pandas. It's unfortunate that their breeding attempts for this year failed.
After seeing the pandas we went for a warm cup of tea and a chocolate muffin in the Cafe. The muffin was expensive but worth every penny!! The centre was filled with runny soft chocolate. In the cafe was a kids play den, I think it costs £2.00 to get in. For one little boy the temptation was too much, his mum left him at the table whilst she was paying he made a break for the play area. It didn't take her long to figure out where he had disappeared. The Zoo has a few outdoor play areas for kids too so its quite family friendly on a warmer day.
I personally didn't enjoy this experience for the reason that I genuinely don't think that the animals there are happy. It just doesn't seem like much of a life, they are just existing. I doubt they would display some of the behaviours that they did in the wild.
Summary: The zoo is preventing some animals from becoming extinct but the quality of life is questionable.
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