Recently my parents came to visit and as a special treat they took me to a day at the Melbourne Zoo. It took us over an hour to get there from my apartment due to traffic, but once we got there we loaded up on coffee and set off on our adventure. How cute are my parents?
The monkeys and apes were all feeling a bit sexy on that cold Melbourne day. This lovely couple didn't mind me giggling and taking a photo as they did what monkey's do. And this amazing mandrill had a radical rainbow butt. Ever so magical. He too was feeling a little sexy. It was hilarious to watch parents walk their kids up to see the exhibits, find the animals being a little naughty, then quickly make an excuse and move the kids on.
My dad's favorite part is always the butterfly house. Thousands upon thousands of butterfly are bred here every day. Extremely crowded and hot, but so beautiful. This happy little yellow fellow stayed on my jacket pretending to be a badge for over 30 minutes. I was really sad when he eventually flew off.
My dad is always so excited when we go to zoos as he knows how much I enjoy seeing and learning about the different species.
The giraffes and Zebras were beautiful, but I felt their exhibit was lacking along with the elephants. (How cute was this little baby elephant, he stuck his head out to say hello as he waited to go to his feeding room.) Very baron without much greenery and shade. The animals looked stressed and bored. I am hoping that Melbourne Zoo will work towards better conditions for these amazing creatures.
The reptile house was awesome. Like the monkeys, there was a lot of action going on here. *wink wink* It is rare to see so many reptiles and amphibians mating all at once, so rad. I realize I sound a little creepy in this post, but I'm a veterinary Nurse outside of doing Nerd Burger so this stuff fascinates me. It is always great to see because it means the animals are happy and healthy in their zoo environment.
I have a love hate relationship with zoos. I worked in one for a while and I realize the pivotal role they play in breeding animals that are close to extinction and educating people. However, these animals are made to be in the wild, not in little play pens with humans gawking at them. I did enjoy the Melbourne zoo. They are consistently striving to make better habitats for the animals, and always seem to have the right interests at heart. I can't wait to visit again and see what those little critters are up to.