Sunday I felt well enough to take part in an organized group activity. Taman Safari is an animal park. Anyone familiar with the Puget Sound area should know about Northwest Trek (if you don't,click on it), but in NWTrek visitors ride on a shuttle instead of drive. It's very similar. Customers pay to enter and drive through the park on a set course where the animals are free to roam about. There are lots of hoofed animals, think deer, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, plus elephants, hippos and rhinos. You never have to get out of the car. At this particular park you can feed the animals carrots and bananas which are available by the bushel before entering the park. At the end of the driving track, visitors can get out of the car. There are restaurants, cafes, a few kiddie rides, souvenir shops, an aviary and a "petting zoo".
|The green trail is the driving part, the brown is walking area.|
I took the time and spent the money to go to the Baby zoo, which at home would be a petting zoo. I had my photo taken with a baby orangutan and a leopard. I was close enough to touch a kangaroo and feed an elephant. I thrilled at the proximity of the animals and tried to soak in what was sure to be a unique experience. At the same time, I felt desperately guilty and ashamed for having gone. Some of the animals were too thin, like the bears. Others were too fat. The alligators looked really wide. I chalk i t up to not having to hunt for food or having much a space to run around. Some animals, particularly the big cats, paced nervously and seemed unsettled. It was mentioned in our car that the rhinos were probably tranquilized so they wouldn't become upset and ram a car.
World Wildlife Fund right now.