I know there are many less fortunate animals in the world, but I got the feeling that Taipei Zoo is more like a circus holding ground than a decent living environment or place of education and appreciation. I was going to list all the things that concerned me, but I’ll keep it to the Nocturnal House, big cat enclosures and lack of staff.
The Nocturnal House was damp, compact, stain ridden, lacking any greenery and full of lone and desperate looking animals. It felt like a dungeon.
The big cats were all pacing loops or figures of 8.
There were no staff to stop the public from knocking on glass screens, shouting, feeding animals, poking things through fences or using flash photography. The signs alone meant nothing to most kids and many adults.
Beyond a name board and fast fact, there was a real lack of educational information.
Oh, and out of all the attractions, McDonalds had the longest queue. How ironic.
Just glad to be home. I imagine many of the animals yearn for that feeling.