I was never a big fan of zoos. I get the concept, all in the name of science and education. But I’ve seen some pretty sad establishments in my time. However, when you’ve got a kid, zoos are hard to avoid.
I didn’t know what to expect of a zoo in a third world country. Especially a city zoo. But I was pleasantly surprised by the Sao Paulo Zoo.
It’s quite expansive so you don’t feel quite so sorry for the animals. However, the birds lose out, trapped in their cages, though I myself couldn’t think of a better way to keep them around.
Watch out for the eagle/hawk feeding times, unless you want to teach your children a lesson about nature’s food chain.
Like the Sao Paulo aquarium, there are a couple oddities (must we throw a dinosaur into every attraction?)
But nothing of the too terrifying type (see AquariScari).
And of course, you can’t be in Brazil without running into a Saint or two.
The zoo even has a Zoo Safari, which we didn’t go on, but I can imagine from the looks of it, and the line to get on it, must be a good ride.
Aside from the wide selection of wildlife, from monkeys and turtles to camels and zebras, the park makes for a great stroll on a nice day. I still pity the animals a bit, the park cannot of course possibly replicate their natural habitats, but this zoo is the best one I’ve seen so far.
If interested, here is the official website for the Sao Paulo Zoo.