Wednesday, January 16, 2008
ABC Wednesday - Z is for Zoo
I was in two minds whether to go with Z for Zoo, as I'm not too keen on promoting zoos and I'm sure a few other's will have done Z for Zoo too. I had an alternative, obscure Z as a possibilty but decided to go to the Zoo anyway.
Loro Parque Zoo is in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. We went because, when there are only a limited number of excursions on offer, you take what you can get. We travelled in a large coach, belonging to Orobus, which had an hydraulic lift for wheelchairs. Being first on, we were seated at the front over the driver, affording us an excellent view. Our route was all the way round the island on the motorway. We got many sightings of El Teide.
In Planet Penguin the humans stand on a slowing moving conveyor belt, watching the penguins on their artificial iceberg, or maybe it is they who watch us in wonderment.
We wanted to see the dolphin show but the signposting was such that you had to go round through many other areas to get there. The direct route was either unsigned or blocked. It took us twenty exhausting minutes to push our way through the crowds. When we did get there, it was certainly worth it. Dolphins are natural performers and the show was very enjoyable.
We had four and a half hours in which to explore the park. At €24 each, entrance isn't cheap. It is typical of most such places. They compulsorily take your picture as you enter and then try to sell you a copy at the exit for an outrageous €6! If you enjoy this sort of place, there are lots to see, but we got lost in and around a forest walk with raucous caged parrots. Although the paths allowed wheelchair access everywhere, they went up and down and around, often bending at an angle. Christine skidded on one particularly steep adverse camber. We were soon quite tired and really did't get to see too much of what was on offer.
More of my photographs from the zoo can be found in my Natural Images album.