I quite like the zoo. But of course, I am not one of its residents crammed inside inhumanely small enclosures. Which is odd, because if this city has anything, it's vast unused space. Plus why stuff big cats and bears in small rusty cages and let smaller animals in huge enclosures? If you go to the reptile section, you will witness the largest cockroaches in the world. Not part of the exhibits :) They crawl in the terrariums in search of food and warm place to hide, and it's simply disgusting.
Otherwise, as I said I like it, its well maintained, lush greenery and lots of shades, a lot of animals to see, short explanations boards (although only in Russian and Kazakh of course), ice cream carts, bouncy castles, camel rides, etc. The atmosphere is nice and peaceful. It's also not very expensive, 4 eur per adult.
If the management puts in a little effort and updates the living environment for the animals, it would be awesome. Plus walking directions would be very helpful. But locals seem to like it just the way it is.
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