The Zoo

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View over the lake in the zoo from the main entrance gate.
Much more active day today, first stop was the Zoo which is on Plaza Italia.  It´s a decent size, took us about 2 hours to walk all around it, excluding the seal lion show, which we missed.  There´s an aquarium, reptile house, even kangaroos and emus.  They had an albino wallaby, which is something we haven´t seen before.  Many of the old animal houses were designed to mirror the culture from where the animals are from eg: the elephant house has Asian motifs, the llamas have an Incan temple and so on.  Most are lovely, but in need of repair - hope this is done, because would be  a shame if they all fell down through lack of maintenance.  Some of the exhibits are pretty basic and we felt a bit sorry for the animals just pacing around and around on the spot because nothing else to do.  We then walked down to the Rosedal, the rose garden in the park just the other side of Av. Libertador.  Noel says it looks really well laid out, but obviously not much in flower at the moment.  Walked along the arbor walkways and over the bridge to the Museo de Artes Plasticas Eduardo Sivori to see the collection of Argentinian paintings and sculptures.  The collection is small, but very good with some interesting depictions of rural and working class Argentinian life.  Had coffee and cake at their cafe, for the first time ever, Noel couldn´t finish the slab of chocolate mousse cake, it was so big!
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View over the lake in the zoo from…
View over the lake in the zoo fro…
Small native deer, these little ch…
Small native deer, these little c…
Piranhas in the zoo aquarium.
Piranhas in the zoo aquarium.
Guanacos (we think!) at the zoo.
Guanacos (we think!) at the zoo.
Pancho, the oldest animal at the z…
Pancho, the oldest animal at the …
An elephant in front of the ornate…
An elephant in front of the ornat…
The bridge over the lake at the Ro…
The bridge over the lake at the R…