As you can see, we bought a family pass to the Berlin Zoo. We love it, love it! That’s saying a lot from someone who up until this past August had a family pass to the San Diego Zoo.
Of course, I don’t want to knock the SDZoo. Its wonderful and its huge and does amazing work for animals, but its huge. There is a constant crush of people and mutant busses to dodge. Have you ever tried to get through the Lost Forest? Seriously? I still get frustrated by that place and I’ve only been to that part of the zoo once even with the membership.
The Berlin Zoo is teeny by comparison and its more fun to wander. Its also the oldest zoo in Germany.
There isn’t the same rush as in larger zoos, which makes it more relaxing and less of an exercise is driving me crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love zoos, but there is nothing I hate more than the crowding around an animal that has ventured to role over.
The lions, which Shoshana would like you to know say “ROAR,” were maybe a little overwhelming. We got to the big cat house right before lunch time. These guys were hungry and I had the distinct feeling they did not like all of the delicious smelling people standing around. Since this visit, we tend to go in the morning when they are still sleeping and look almost more cute then terrifying.
There is also a huge playground and petting zoo. We haven’t actually been to the petting, because, well, what if she pets a goat and then sticks her hand in her mouth and gets some kind of weird goat disease? such a weird goat disease that it gets named the Shoshana-Weird-Goat Disease? And people all over the wordl will know her name as that poor child suffering from touching a goat. Yeah, let’s not go there. My head is spinning already.
Zoo Berlin is open everyday (except christmas) at 9:00 and closes at 5:00pm in the winter, 7:00pm in the summer.