Every ones spirit is up inspite of the rain. Yes it is raining hard and yet we are on our way to the BRISTOL ZOO for free thanks to Money Supermarket!
Parking is £3 for the whole day. An okay amount considering Hubby usually spends £6 for half a day when we visit the city. I thought that we’ll be the only people who’ll visit the place due to the weather but I was wrong as a lot of other families are there. We got the map and we followed it religiously. Flamingos, Lions, Red Panda, Bats, Twilight world, Amphipod, Huge Tortoise and the part that I dread the Reptile House *snakes=cringe*, Then the Aquarium!
Whew! That’s a non stop animal viewing there and were now starving! Next stop is their restaurant. You are not allowed to eat your own food inside but they have tables outside for that.
We just ordered hot drinks and lunch for our toddler so that hes eating something warm. Sausage on baked beans with chips for him which cost £4. I think its rather expensive.
We then head of to the Bug world after.I love the working beehive!
We went to this Zoo cuz of the Gorillas. The star of this Zoo. After the Small monkey its time to see the real King of the Jungle (at least for us)…they are inside their cage because of the weather =(
Disappointed we head towards the Seals and Penguin Coasts. We felt okay again seeing the perky animals. They are feeding the Penguin when we arrive. We watch them flawlessly catch the fishes being thrown by the Zookeeper. Priceless.
We then went to the playing Seals next. The rain started to pick up again but the stunts that these Seals are pulling made us ignore it. We then went to the tunnel to see them in a diff angle. They are swimming above us!
We breeze through the next animals on display >>> Pygmy Hippo, Monkeys from Zona Brazil, Okapi, Cute Tamarins (that my husband wants to bring home).
It is the Meerkat that my toddler enjoyed the most. Glass separates them from us that’s why my he can see them move around. We have to literally drag him out of there.
We saw a Test your speed board and hubby went to test his. He went really fast and hubby fell on the pavement. There is a sign that said ADULTS SHOULD EXERCISE RESTRAINT > Hubby ignored it and well… He slid and fell =P Can I suggest for them to make that sign bigger.
We then went to the Terrace Theater where there will show some animals to the kids. They are showing snakes>>> Yipes! The area for show me show me is too small. Though there’s just another child who is there to watch they are still cramped.
Tired, we went back to Coral Restaurant to seat and eat some snacks that we have. And for Hubby to recover from the fall. Our toddler is a bit cranky already, a sign of tiredness.
We were ready to go home and Hubby want to take pictures of the Gorilla Island ‘For the Blog’, he said.
AND THE GORILLAS ARE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eating. Playing a bit and just being their Majestic self.
Would I recommend you to visit the Bristol Zoo? BIG YES! The Zoo entrance price is a bit steep at £14.50/Adults but when you go inside and see how big the place is and how many plants and animals there are (400 species) you will realize that its worth it. Saying this the Zoo is really big so it takes about a day to see everything. Be armed. Like I am with a toddler and the pram came in handy for him to use everytime he looks tired.
I notice how my son would only react to animals that he can see closely than to look at the ones that are far.
Good thing that the Zoo tried to be as interactive as possible as they can with animals. Visitors can go into a lot of cages like the butterflies, bats and birds to be with the animals.
Thanks be to these free standing toys toddlers wont get bored in this Zoo!
What I like best is the Environment Campaign that’s visible all over the zoo. They have flyers/infos.exhibits telling people the importance of being good to animals and the environment. Instilling the cause to the kids early. Issues that I truly support.
We went to their store before going home and Hubby is looking for souvenir of this nice outing but hes not happy with the things available in their store. They need more stuff with Bristol Zoo logo’s in it especially the gorilla stuff toy.
They are doing a lot of development works in the Gorilla Area to give them bigger area to roam around. WE NEED TO GO BACK FOR THAT!
We would definitely go back again (and again and again)!!!