Venturing in a Petting zoo!

I do admit that going on adventures doesn’t necessarily mean that one needs to put their physical abilities to the test and it can make for equally pleasant experiences. Recently, I decided to visit a Petting zoo in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, on a hot Sunday morning.

Lots of people don’t seem to know of this Safari Eco Park, but it is a lovely activity to do, whether you have kids or not.

  • Touring the Petting Zoo

During the guided tour, my attention was at its highest when we got to interact and/or feed a range of animals, which are not found in this country’s rather rich wildlife:

Zebras, Camels , Llamas, a Cougar and a baby Kangaroo.

 

MY THREE FAVOURITES

I truly enjoyed being able to walk one of the llamas for a couple minutes. I would have loved walking him for longer, but the scorching sun which we had been strolling in for one hour (no shaded area available here!) was the reason I didn’t walk him some more. They might have to beg me to stop otherwise, lol!! Kuzco was indeed a pleasure to walk; he behaved very well throughout. Maybe I should go back just so I can walk him, lol! Why not!

Taking Kuzco the Llama for a walk at the zoo
Taking Kuzco for a walk!



 

Although a macaw is a common sight in this country’s wildlife, I must say that one of them in this zoo, named “Lall“, has been the most entertaining specie I’ve interacted with. He just loves to kiss & lick people’s cheeks. I was not spared, while he was standing on my head. Hilarious! It also turned out that Lall loves eating cake too. He somehow & unexpectedly went from one visitors’ shoulders to another and another ….until he reached for a visitor’s piece of cake. That made everybody laugh. Loved it!! But that’s only because Lall, unlike the other birds/animals, was raised by humans prior to being placed at this zoo.

Lall, the Macaw at the zoo
Lall, the Macaw

The Baby Kangaroo might have been the sweetest lil thing to look at but, oh boy, giving him (Jack) a hug was a bit uncomfortable and risky. Ouch! Warning: Sharp claws!!! I will however totally do it again though. Babies would be babies after all: adorable, clumsy and curious, all at once, whether human or otherwise! And they really mean no harm!

Just don’t even entertain the thought of giving a hug to a fully grown/Adult Kangaroo if you get to see one up close. You probably know that you’ll get kicked, smacked down or worst. The strength they muster from their tail alone is no match to Human beings’ strength. Not even Tyson’s, lol!

Jack is only 1.5 years old, so go hug him while he is still “small”, lol! I much prefer hugging dolphins though. Check my post here to see what I mean!

THE OTHERS

The zebras and camels loved our company, especially since it meant being fed.

The only animal who paid no attention to our group and stayed the furthest away in his cage: the Cougar (this specie is also called “Mountain Lion”). Our guide’s kind offering (meat) didn’t get him to move an inch whatsoever.

You’re simply not an early morning person, Mr Cougar!! Not cool!! Maybe next time!! I’ll come an afternoon just to see you up close and take a picture with you! 

Much Thanks to one of the zoo’s guides, Faustin, for the educational & pleasant tour!

  • Fun Facts

– Kangaroos can move at a speed of up to 65 mph.
– Female Kangaroos can determinate the sex of their offsprings.
– The number of kangaroos in Australia is superior than that country’s population.
– The “Stallion” who is the leader of a group of zebras (called a “zeal”) is followed by a group of female zebras (called a “Harem”)
– The pattern of black & whites stripes is different for each zebra. This unique feature is similar to human’s finger prints.
– In the wild, the zebra uses his stripes as camouflages in the grass to avoid being spotted by his colour-blind enemies (lions & hyenas)
– Arabian camels have 1 hump, while Asian camels have 2.
– The camel’s nostrils can be closed if there is too much wind or sand.
– A camel without a hump is a baby. The hump will start to grow when the baby will start eating solids.



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