Monday, June 28, 2010

Wilhelma The Second Time Around

It didn't rain the second time we visited the Wilhelma Zoological and Botanical Garden last Saturday and that was a good thing. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I have got lots of photos to share, like the wonderful Fuschias, which I blogged about a few days ago.

Although it was the family's second visit, there is still much to be discovered in this 70 acre (280,000 square metres) park. Did you know that the size of Wilhelma alone can take up the area of some 40 soccer fields? That is a lot of soccer fields, but the space is enough for the growing number of animals and botanical collections at Wilhelma.

Last year, we didn't pay much attention to the STARS in the zoo: the ape collection which consists of the gorillas, bonobos, orangutans, and chimpanzees but this time around, we got to have a closer look. My PIL enjoyed looking at the primates. The ape houses were as expected, packed with local as well as foreign guests. 

And of course, we cannot just ignore the winter animals: penguins, polar bears and sea lions that all looked so exhausted and warm because of the hot weather. There are also the dessert animals who look so happy to feel the heat again.

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