The sun has a strong influence in my life. A warm sunny day transforms me from a person who loves to curl up on the sofa, watching TV and sipping on a hot cup of tea in the winter, to a moody teenager who hates staying at home and being a couch potato. The situation is getting worse since Moscow has lots of interesting places to visit. I feel overwhelmed when I need to choose one of them to go to. Normally I don’t choose at all. Instead, I usually take pot luck and choose the one recommended by Google.
In Indonesia, I used to go to the safari park. To me, a safari park is more animal-friendly than a zoo. But, here I don’t have any choice, so I finally gave in and agreed to stop by at the zoo. Moreover, in safari parks in Asia, we never have any opportunity to see animals such as polar bears, grizzly bears or foxes.
Where is the zoo and how do I get there?
What is there?
This zoo is divided into a few sections: African, European and Asian (correct me if I am wrong). It simplifies our exploration as the zoo is pretty big and if you have a bad sense of direction you will soon get lost and end up going around in circles.
As you enter through the main entrance, you will find a large man-made lake full of pink flamingos. Those cute animals can be encountered only in the summer because in winter they fly away to the south, just like us. To be blunt, the flamingos are not my favorite. They are cute, sweet, and pink, but birds are just birds.
Watching the brown and black bears was so interesting. The brown one was busy sitting and pissing when we came along, while the black one was busy doing his prominent private business — sleeping. How about the polar bears? They had two polar bears: one male and one female, if I am not mistaken. As usual, the female was strolling around the cage while the male was busy gnawing a handful of snow and watching the visitors. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Going to the Asian and African sections, you will meet giraffes, apes, orangutans and Gorilla.
Don’t forget about the birds!
My suggestion: It’s so much better to arrive at the zoo around 8 AM (in summer). Not only will you not get mad standing in line for hours just to get tickets, but you will also get a different atmosphere and sensation as you enter the zoo with only a few people. I tried it and it made me feel like I was the owner of the zoo… or that the zoo is just my backyard.
FOR MOMS with stroller or kids: Don’t be afraid to leave your stroller and rent a small cart, made especially for kids, which you can pull all over the zoo.
Best time for a visit
Summer (obviously), Spring or Autumn. However, it’s important to remember that Autumn in Moscow means rain, rain, and more rain, almost all the time. If you are lucky, you will get a sunny warm day (sometimes — depends on your luck).