Sunday, 17 August 2014


Imagine if you're a kid and suddenly your favourite story book animals have sprung to life.  Imagine if they were towering over you, exaggerating the wild noises you've making for months, tearing apart large hunks of meat and gnawing on fish heads.  As a parent you think you're giving your little dreamer the mind blowing experience of a life time, to your kid it's the stuff of nightmares.  Clearly we hadn't thought that through properly when we rushed through the gates of the Auckland Zoo this morning with great anticipation.

I can't honestly remember the last time I visited a zoo.  I've always hated the idea of animals being confined to small enclosures so far away from their homelands.  But I've heard so many times that the Auckland Zoo is different and the animals live the good life there.  So I eventually agreed to go (for Ayana's sake), and by Sunday morning I was impatiently counting down the hours.

People were right, this place is animal friendly and the enclosures are miniature replica's of their natural habitats.  On the whole everybody seemed reasonably happy, if not a little bored.  And yes I enjoyed watching the animals go about their morning, but somewhere in the back of my conscience it still didn't feel right. Here these poor creatures are trying to get on with their weird lives and all the while they have hoards of people pointing cameras at them, tapping on the glass and making awful noises.  It's like Big Brother with a live audience.  Anyway, would I go again?  Hmm if Ayana begged hard enough I suppose I would.  Conscience aside, it was still a beautiful morning spent with great friends,

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