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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stroll at Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens with Hoa

When I was staying in Manila before my departure to Saigon, I always wanted to visit Manila Zoo. However, because of my busy schedule then (processing my employment requirements for abroad) and some other circumstances… I was not able to fulfill it.

Lucky enough, the time I got here in Saigon I was so ecstatic to find out that they have a zoo called Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, located in District 1 at 2B Nguyen Binh Khien Street. It is considered as one of the oldest zoos in the world (ranked no. 8th) that was established since 1864. The zoo is home to many species of animals including mammals, reptiles and birds and at the same time to various kinds of floras and faunas.

A very good friend of mine in the person of Hoa, took me there last year to see this awesome place. An entrance fee of 20000 VND is required before you can enter the zoo’s main gate, which gives you all access to the zoo facilities namely the house of reptiles, the circus show, botanical garden and etc. Below are just few of the photos taken during that date with her on a rainy, Sunday afternoon. :D

It was a weird coincidence that we were wearing matching outfits (top & bottom) & umbrella that day

Also the same hand gestures??? Could this be destiny? LOL
death defying balancing act 
knife exhibition
sweet elephant couple 
"i'm so damn handsome!" 
Honestly, it is a bit dreary to see some wild creatures in captivity, instead of letting them have their freedom in the wild. Though, the animals are well-taken cared of by the zoo keepers, however, so little spaces are allocated to their so called pseudo home. I really pity some animals like the lion, tiger, monkeys, reptiles and especially the birds because they don't have much space or room to move or fly around just like the normal things they do when they are in their natural habitat. If you are sensitive enough, you can really feel and witness that aura that they are not as happy and animated as the ones you've seen on TV shows like NGC. How I wish that their present condition be improved... hopefully.   


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