Back from my holiday my wife, my daughter and I decided to visit Zürich Zoo on Pentecost Sunday June 12th, after having disposed off CHF 62 ( actually CHF 49.80 as some reductions were applicable) for the 3 of us at the cashiers we went in. Not much to our surprise already the short pass from the entrance to the first house the exotarium was much overcrowded mostly due to families with their prams having a chat and not moving at all - which would be their right had they ample space so one could move around them - however the Zoo's pathway troughout the entire operation are much too small to allow a decent flow of visitors. The only house I visited was the exotarium and thats just what the visit was visiting the stairs, the concrete walls and the toilet, as the windows of the aquariums and vivariums were blocked by families who were moving in the speed of snails annd what was heard was the knocking of the kids to the windows to get the animals attention and not even once a parent who was telling their brats to leave that be as it causes stress to the animal in captivity. Not one Zoo employee close by to discipline the unruly crowd of parents and their kids. That was it for me, I was making my escape trough the Zoo's restaurant - reviewed separately unfortunately only 1 Star there.
To come to the one positive thing. There are many volunteers behind stalls on the pathways who try their best and with big engagement and knowledge to attract the publics attention to issues being a problem in the represented animals homecountries also providing materials for older kids if they only could get the childrens attention.Yet even they cannot present their themes as the hectic bustle around them prevents them from being heard. Everything is too limited in space and does actually not allow for these volunteers good work. The concept of the Zurich Zoo wants the Zoo to have generous natural habitats and has managed to do so in the case of the cats and the so called Madagascar rainforest - the omnious Masoala Halle. There are further projects for the Elephants and the Flora and Fauna of Southamerica - great if they had the insight to reduce their number of exponats for the sake of space. This generosity they are obviously not willing to afford animals, Zoo Warders, Volunteers and the public. One thing of caution tough when reading this acrid review. The blame is only partially on the management of the Zoo. Swiss politicians responsible for the financing of institutions of education - and the Zoo is an institute of the university of Zurich continously curtail on the financing yet want to have institutions of world repute. In this conflict the Zoo is right in the middle. Therefore a meagre 2 Points and my personal decision to avoid visits to the world's Zoo's in the future. Either I can afford to see Animals in the wilderness or let it be.
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