Tuesday, February 18, 2014

First Visit to the Athens Zoo

At the beginning of the New Year, we had to go down to Athens to the American Embassy in order to arrange all of Damiani's paperwork. We then spent the afternoon at the Athens Zoo, which was fantastic! I admit that my expectations were pretty low, but it truly is a great zoo with a lot of interactivity with the animals. There is a bridge through the giraffes' land and, as you can see from the photo above, they like greeting the visitors. If you look closely, you can make out Pelagia and Benny. They finally even got to pet the giraffe's nose.

Another highlight was the lemur section. The whole area is caged, and the people go into the caged area with the lemurs. They jump all around the people. One came and crawled on my arm, which the kids loved. He then suddenly leaped off my arm, did a hop off the top of Phoebe's head, and sprang back up into a tree. The kids really enjoyed that!

They also had an excellent show involving birds of prey, as well as a dolphin show. Above, you can see the kids goofing around with the fake alligator outside the reptile house.

They're now adding a large hall for dinosaurs skeletons and digital dinosaur exhibits. It's expected to be completed by the fall, but in Greece nowadays you never know what that means. Anyway, the kids want to go as soon as it opens.

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