Saturday, May 30, 2009

zoo 101

Earlier this week we went to the zoo. The cool thing about this zoo is a) it's the only zoo in the country and b) all the animals are native to here. The zoo actually started more as a sanctuary than a zoo and is still run by the same woman. I recently finished reading a book about her and the zoo and other issues in this country and I found it fascinating and heartbreaking all at once. Even if you don't live here it's a really good read. And it gives some insight into post-colonialism, something we in the West have never really had to ponder from the other side.

So we hung out at the zoo and saw howlers and jaguars and ocelots and toucans and harpy eagles and peccaries and tapirs and so many other wild things that all live and breathe in this one small place. It was also a million degrees outside that day so there was much complaining and unlike the States no refreshment stands around every corner. Some things you take for granted. But then I see a toucan and I kind of forget about missing things like that.

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7 comments:

flutter said...

omg, look at him! What a beautiful creature!

Jessica said...

I adored the zoo last year. Hope next trip to go back again. I have some very cool pictures of the signage and the animals.

meno said...

Zoo usually make me sad. Usually.

painted maypole said...

cool!

Magpie said...

I love that sign! For you! And your kids!

de said...

Neat. I honestly never thought there would be zoos anywhere where the animals that are in the North American zoos actually live. Why, I don't know...

I'm interested in that book.

Gwen said...

Man, that zoo *is* hot, like crazily hotter than the rest of the country, I swear. We were there once after a rain storm, which made it extra steamy (and mosquito-y, yay!) but the rain had woken all the animals up, so it was a good trade off, I think. We even met a purring ocelot. An ocelot purring? What are the chances!!