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Copenhagen Zoo!

One of our favorite things to do when we visit a new city is to go to the local zoo. The Copenhagen zoo was a great surprise for us. It was a little far, but we didn’t mind the walk as long as we could see some cool animals. The main attractions were the polar bears, the elephants, and the African Savannah, but they had a lot of other enclosures that caught our attention. The chimpanzees, baboons, and brown bears were really fascinating to see, and they had a butterfly enclosure with hundreds of them flying around and tropical plants surrounding the area…it felt magical! Another great thing about the zoo in the spring was that there were so many baby animals! We saw baby brown bears, a baby elephant, lemurs, baboons, chimps, lion cubs, and three tiger cubs…so cute! Una de las cosas favoritas para nosotros cuando visitamos una nueva ciudad es ir al zoologico local. El zoo de Copenhague fue una sorpresa para nosotros. Quedaba un poco lejos, pero no nos importo caminar harto si es que podiamos ver animales. Las atraciones principales eran los osos polares, los elefantes, y la Savana Africana, pero tenian un monton de otras atraciones que nos llamaron la atencion. Los chimpanses, babuns, y osos pardos fueron fascinantes de ver, y tenian una sala de mariposas con cientos de ellas volando a tu alrededor y rodeado de plantas tropicales…se sentia como algo magico! Otra gran cosas del zoo es que como era primavera, habian un monton de animales bebes! Vimos ositos pardos, un bebe elefante, lemurcitos, babuncitos, chimpanses bebes, leoncitos, y tres tigritos…muy tiernos!!

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We arrived at 11:30 am and the animals were very active. We found out that feeding time started at 1:30 so they were waiting for the chefs to finish cooking. Quick tip: don’t go to the zoo after feeding, the animals will be taking a siesta! The polar bear was the first big attraction we saw and it was amazing! There was a male and a female, and they had a decent amount of land and a nice swimming area. You can go down into the swimming area into an all-glass tunnel to see them swim. It was a great spectacle! For lunch…they got a half goat that they ate it (in front of us) like it was a piece of lettuce. Llegamos a las 11:30 y los animales estaban muy activos. Nos enteramos que los alimentaban a las 1:30 asi que estaban esperando los por cocineros que terminaran de preparer la comida. Un pequeno consejo: no vayan al zoo despues de que alimentan a los animales, porque todos duermen siesta! El oso polar fue la primera gran atraciones que vimos y era increible! Tenian un macho y una hembra, y tenian una buena cantidad de espacio y una buena piscine. Se podia bajar a la piscina donde tienen un tunel de vidrio donde se les puede ver nadir. Fue un gran espectaculo! Para el almuerzo… les dieron mitad de una cabra y se la comieron (frente a nosotros) como si fuera un pedazo de lechuga.

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The brown bears had a great space as well, but the female and her little cub where separated from the massive male bear (we didn’t ask why). It seemed he was really bummed about the separation – he kept getting up on his hindquarters to peek over at them. The lions were lazy, all laying around and resting. For lunch they got a half zebra, tasty! It was weird to see the zebra lying there right in front of us – the American zoos wouldn’t do that I don’t think, but it’s probably pretty educational for the kids. The reptile house was fun to see and the chimps were really funny jumping around, bouncing off walls, and playing with each other. We were very impressed by the social interaction of baboons; they had one alpha male, about 6 females, and a bunch of little fellas. Nobody messed with the male, if he moved everyone got out of his way and only females got close to him in case he was in the mood for some “cuddling”. El oso pardo tambien tenia un buen espacio, pero la hembra y el cachorro estaban separados del macho (no preguntamos porque). Parecia que el estaba triste por la separacion – porque no paraba de parase para intentar mirar al otro lado de la muralla. Los leones estaban flojos, hechados y durmiendo. Para el almuerzo les dieron mitad de una zebra, delicioso! Fue raro ver una zebra en pedazos frente a nosotros – los zoos Americanos no harian eso, no creemos, pero lo mas seguro es que es muy educacional para los ninos. La casa de los reptiles era entretenida y los chimpanses muy divertidos saltando, dando botes de las murallas y jugando unos con otros. Quedamos muy impresionados con la interaccion social de los babuns; tenian un macho alfa, mas o menos 6 hembras, y un monton de pequenitos. Nadie molestaba al macho, si se movia todos se salian de su camino y solo las hembras se le acercaban en caso que tuviera ganas de “abrazarlas” un poquito.

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The elephants had a huge house with indoor and outdoor space. They moved around quite a bit and the pack had about 7 members plus a little baby.  The African Savannah had zebras, rhinos, giraffes, antelope, and gazelles living together in this massive piece of land. The rhinos were enormous and very active. Seeing one of these tanks run towards us was a very unsettling experience! But it was cool to see him run – we had never seen such restless rhinos before. We also went into the farm exhibit and they had a couple of really happy cows hanging out in an enclosure! That was a first for us, to see a cow in a zoo. Pretty funny. In that same area we went into the petting zoo and Leslie fell head over heels in love with the pygmy goats…they were pretty cute. Los elefantes tenian una tremenda casa con espacio interior y exterior. Se movian bastante y el grupo era de 7 miembros mas el bebe. La Savanah Africana tenia zebras, rinocerontes, jirafas, antilopes, y gazelas viviendo juntos en un tremendo espacio. Los rinocerontes eran gigantes y muy activos. Ver a uno de esos tanques correr hacia nosotros fue una experiencia preocupante! Pero fue genial verlo – nunca habiamos visto algo asi. Tambien fuimos a la Granja donde tenian un par de vacas pasandolo bien! Fue la primera vez que vimos vacas en un zoo. Muy divertido. En esa misma area fuimos al lugar donde se podia tocar a los animales y Leslie se enamoro de las cabritas pigmeas…son muy tiernas.

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We had so much fun at the Copenhagen zoo. Everything was well maintained, the animals looked healthy and the zoo staff seemed to take excellent care of them. Parents were very respectful with their children in terms of teaching them to behave well in the zoo, no hitting the walls, no throwing things, no trying to hit butterflies, they showed them the value of being good to other creatures and children were very receptive and respectful. That is something we always enjoy seeing, especially since the conservation efforts are directed towards the future generations. Lo pasamos genial en el zoo de Copenhague. Todo estaba muy bien mantenido, los animales se veian sanos y la gente del zoo parece cuidarlos muy bien. Los padres eran muy respetuosos con sus ninos en cuanto a ensenarles como comportase en el zoo, nada de golpear los vidrios, tirar cosas, nada de golpear a las mariposas, les ensenaban lo valioso que es ser bueno con otras criaturas y los ninos eran muy receptivos y respetuosos. Eso es algo que siempre disfrutamos, especialmente porque los esfuerzos de conservacion son dirigidos a las futuras generaciones.

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3 thoughts on “Copenhagen Zoo! Leave a comment

  1. Wonderful pictures!! For some reason, I find the dead zebra more disturbing than the dead goat … possibly because zebras are also in the zoo, so it makes me wonder in a creepy sort of way where that zebra came from. O.O Of course, this zoo had goats, too, so … *ahem* :/

    Carnivores will be carnivores, I guess. LOL

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