A day in the zoo

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Humboldt penguines
Not far from my hometown at the other side of the border is the city of Emmen. Here you find a beautiful zoo. I'm not fond of zoos in general since in most of them the animals don't have enough space to live half-way a "normal" life. The zoo in Emmen is different. Although it's already 74 years old most of the enclosures are amply demensioned. Only the bears and wild cats place is too tiny imo.

During the years the zoo increased bigger and bigger. Because it's location is downtown (Area "center") they created a second place (Area "ES") about 1 km from the main part where you find the penguins, guanakos, turtles, a huge indoor playground and the "water works". There you learn all about water and you can see how the water maintenance in the zoo works.


The "Center" is the bigger area. It's seperated in 5 parts (= continents). In "America" you find the moose, buffalos, sea lions, prairie dogs, spider monkeys and kodiak bears in the outer enclosures. Indoors you have south american birds, crocodiles living in a dschungle.

The main part is "Africa". In the savannah you find among other things giraffe, rhinos, zebras, panther, marabous, pelicans and ring-tailed lemurs.

"Europe" and "Australia" are the smallest parts with kangaroos and emus and a petting zoo for the children.

In "Asia" you find the biggest herd of asian elephants in Europe. A new baby was born in may. What a cutie :D There are tigers aswell but I guess they had their day off when we've been there. We couldn't find them.

Close to the entrance you find the butterfly garden. You see hundreds of coloured butterflies there between tropical flowers. It's amazing to watch them sucking the nectar from the flowers or the feeding places.

To complete it you find an exhibition about the history of the earth in another building close to the entrance. In the basement there's an aquarium with sharks, fresh water fishes and corals.

We arrived at 10 a.m. when the zoo opens and left it at closing time 6 p.m. and we haven't seen everything. It's such an interesting place you need days to explore it all.
aloneinthecrowd says:
Thanks Stacey :) I'm glad you like them :D
Posted on: Apr 05, 2010
aloneinthecrowd says:
Let me know then. Maybe we can meet up there :D
Posted on: Oct 11, 2009
Airportman says:
I went there a long time ago, when I was still little. I remember it being a great zoo and I would love to go back there again. Very nice blog, Jutta! :)
Posted on: Oct 11, 2009
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Humboldt penguines
Humboldt penguines
penguins under water
penguins under water
Magellan duck
Magellan duck
Guanakos
Guanakos
turtle
turtle
crocodile
crocodile
Big smile for the camera ;)
Big smile for the camera ;)
baya
baya
moose
moose
buffalo
buffalo
goats
goats
the pigs having a nap in the sun
the pig's having a nap in the sun
I love donkeys
I love donkeys
it was difficult to take a photo o…
it was difficult to take a photo …
sea lion
sea lion
prairie dogs are sooooo cute
prairie dogs are sooooo cute
kodiak bear
kodiak bear
the giraffes try to protect theirs…
the giraffes try to protect their…
later the sun came out again
later the sun came out again
the rhinos dont mind about the th…
the rhinos don't mind about the t…
... a fight
... a fight
the baby elephant
the baby elephant
the skull of a triceratops
the skull of a triceratops
a petrified tree
a petrified tree
this skeleton of a dinosaur is rea…
this skeleton of a dinosaur is re…
public transport
public transport
56 km (35 miles) traveled
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