Zurich has a zoo. I know, right? It’s not something one would naturally associate with this city. I have actually known about the zoo for a very long time. I see the 6 tram everyday on my way to work, and it ends at “Zoo”. So yeah, Zurich has a zoo.
Today, we finally decided to visit the zoo. I think having a child now makes it a bit more acceptable. 🙂
Matilda and I both dressed in our stripe-y dresses and were on our way. We found ourselves on the 6 tram that I had viewed thousands of times before, and got off at the very end – Zoo. I hadn’t expected much, to be honest. I mean, exotic animals in the middle of Switzerland? However, I was pleasantly surprised.
First stop was the penguin exhibit and aquarium. Tilly was clearly too small to see and understand what was going on, but we stopped at each tank to watch the fishes. The penguins themselves were adorable. They waddled in a group, following each other step for step, above ground and then into the water.
We quickly came to realize just how special this little zoo in Zurich actually was. Unlike the zoos in Chicago, the animals were constantly out, always moving, always active. There were also tons of new babies to see – baby bears, baby monkeys, baby camels. Every exhibit was one worth sitting at for hours.
Matilda had a great time, too. Even though she didn’t understand much of what was going on, she made her own fun. Her favorite part was playing with her own monkey IN the monkey house. Imagine that.
Our last stop was at the elephant exhibit. I absolutely adore elephants. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to ride them and feed them in Bangkok, and see them up close in South Africa. The exhibit was at the bottom of the zoo with lots of room to roam. It had a Thai feel and decor to it, which made it even more endearing.
Overall, we had a truly wonderful day at the zoo. We really enjoyed ourselves and would absolutely go back, especially when Matilda is a little older.