Recently Gavin and I checked out the Saigon Zoo on our day off. We were prepared for cramped cages and depressed animals and generally found just that. But we were surprised by the expanse of the adjoining gardens and the reasonable accommodation enjoyed by some. Although many of the mammals appeared to be descending into madness (e.g. a jungle cat obsessively circling in the same pattern around its cage), they appeared well fed and cleaned up after. Here are some pictures of our animal friends.
Giraffe with Zebra housemate.
Pregnant Goat resting on a concrete bench (Gavin thinks that "the zoo had to enlarge the Petting Zoo due to the reproductive success of its inhabitants, yet neglected to remove the human infrastructure".)
Cute little goat faces
A hungry hungry Hippo moving about
A giant looming in the forest
A solitary orangutan who enjoys carrots and demands more and more
Antelope, deer and wild boars living together
The princess of all the animals
An incarcerated tiger
A Burmese python
Another trapped python (this one would follow your finger if you moved it in front of the glass!)
And more Elephants. Check out a video of them HERE
The elephants enjoyed being fed sugar cane.
A lonely little guy (a Pine Marten) who had an identity issue due to being mistakenly placed in the heart of the reptile house. He didn't like it so much, so he spent his entire day jogging in paranoid circles.
A small girl dangerously close to crazy cats
An explorer on the move.
A Binturong lazing away on a branch. They are known as bear cats, but are actually closely related to civets and can live up to twenty years in captivity.