So today was ZOO DAY. Not a national or global or Hallmark holiday, but one I created just for me! Since the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park has reopened I have been meaning to pop by, I knew from the last time I went I would need a good hour or so with my camera, so I have been waiting for a window of time where I didn’t need to be elsewhere!
The wildlife park is at the top end of the Alameda Gardens, pretty much ‘underneath’ where the old Gala Casino was based. The number 3 bus and number 2 bus both serve the road you need, should you want to visit it. I would say if you aren’t weighed down with push chairs or bags that getting off the bus at Mamma Mia’s restaurant is the best way, a gentle walk through the gardens then lots of fun watching the monkeys and other animals! But the bus stop opposite Engineer Road is the closest, ask the driver to shout it out, if you don’t know where that is!
Anyway I am so glad I went. I love animals and the park looks so very different. The enclosures are all modernised and look so much more fun for their residents. The new addition to the park are the lemurs and their enclosure allows you to walk through and be with them. I was quite chicken at first, not wanting to go in with my bag and shopping, although after speaking to the keeper there he assured me that lemurs are not grabby little twits (my words, not his) like Barbary Apes. ( I haven’t forgiven them for pulling my hair and stealing my Cadbury’s buttons in Main Street a few weeks back. Little gits!) So in I went! The enclosure has a walk way all the way through it, and the lemurs are curious enough to get up and have a look at you, but then they kind of just leave you to it! It was so awesome to get that close and they were so chilled out, and their little faces are so expressive as well. I am well and truly smitten.
I also spent a bit of time with ‘Jumbo’ the parrot. It was quite a comical moment when he said “hello” and I spent a while looking around for someone ‘doing’ a parrot voice trying to make me look a bit mental. But no it was him. Clever old bird! Alas as he was so far back in his space I couldn’t get a great shot of him. No fear I shall return there and try again, but his brilliant blue plumage was just beautiful.
Anyway I shall just let the pictures I did get do the talking for me. But let me urge you to visit very soon!
Opening hours Monday – Sunday 1000 – 1700 (1645 is the last entrance time)
Entrance fee: Adults £5
Children under 5 free entry.
(Year passes can be purchased for £40, this allows two adults and two children as many visits as they want for that year period.)
Telephone: 00 350 20041235 or 00 350 54017449