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Darjeeling Zoo Reviews
Darjeeling zoo Oct 08, 2010
Darjeeling zoo was very interesting. The animals seem to have large, well
designed enclosures. There was a gorgeous, very laid back pair of moon bears,
who seemed perfectly content, and lots of cool red pandas wandering about their
enclosure. The wolves and the blue sheep were cool too.
The big cats seemed more stressed out. There was a tiger making an incredibly
distressing noise and one of the leopards was pacing up and down in the concrete
part of his cage. Weirdly, he was ignoring the trees and grass and the private
shelter - there was some building work going on and I wondered if he was
stressed out by the noise.
When we came back that way later he had retreated to a tree (and the noise had
stopped) so that might have been what was wrong with both of them. I don't know.
I'm not a particular expert on cat psychology.
Also on the site is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which contains a
really interesting museum about the history of Himalayan Mountaineering (you
guessed, huh?), including a whole floor about the attempts to climb Everest. The
early attempts on Everest were made by people wearing clothes I would view as
slightly inadequate for a wet walk in a park in Britain (well before they
invented Gore Tex!), and I wasn't too surprised that so many people had failed.
But there was a big display on local hero Tensing Norgay, without whom there is
no way Edmund Hilary would have made it to the summit.
Although hilly, you could manage this if you were limping as there are few
stairs. It’s very affordable and there are cafes, although you’d be better
eating at the Hot and Stimulating café nearby.
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