It seems like forever ago, but a few months ago I went to Canberra as part of a State tourism campaign. I got free digs, free food and free experiences. I think it’s important that I disclose this in the post, so you realise I was treated like royalty for the weekend and that’s what my experience reflects. I’m not going to big-up Canberra without merit and I don’t feel obliged to give positive reviews about what I did, just because it was free. I’m sure you’ve seen this done and I’m sure you’ve wanted to kick as many travel bloggers in the face as I have. If I say something is good, it’s because I thought it was good. If I think it was crap, I’d f*king tell ya.
Wake up 6am. Breakfast at 6.45am. Leave Hotel at 7.30am. Destination?
Although it’s called the National Zoo & Aquarium, it’s not government run. It’s privately owned by a business man and all their money comes from entry fee’s. It’s the ONLY joint Zoo & Aquarium within Australia. The Zoo normally opens for biz’ at 10am, but it opened especially for us at 8am. Thus, it wasn’t full of bloody tourists. See what I did there? It was also pretty cool that we were going to be meeting some animals. But I had no idea what. Was I going to feed a giraffe? Pat a shark? Let a bear lick honey of my hand? Or have a drinking sesh with a penguin? No, no, no and no. Although the last one would have been sweet as. Penguin’s are smartly dressed f*ckers. Stay tuned for what I got to do.
The zoo was sick. The best way to prove it, let me show you the pictures.
Not all the animals were from Africa. Australia was well represented too.
Don’t Koala’s look cool?
You might even say cute…
Apparently they don’t when they get wet.
And I nearly found this out.
So, what animals did I get to meet? Let me show you…
I fed peanuts to a lemur.
Well, let me tell you a story. We walked into the enclosure of this animal and it wouldn’t sit down. It just kept pacing up and down. And this isn’t an animal you can approach while it’s walking around. It was walking up and down the fence, apparently not use to meeting anyone for a couple of hours until the zoo normally opened. Then it jumped back. Something was there. Something that could scare the most powerful animal I’ve ever come into contact with. What was it?
Well, how many zoo keepers does it take to catch a Red-bellied Black Snake? Answer: Five, by my count.
Back to it.
The National Zoo & Aquarium was brilliant. And not just ’cause it was free for me. I could have easily spent so much more time there and I would go back. Obviously the animal experiences were free, but they weren’t too badly priced really. Not that I know how much a watching a Cheetah vs a Snake should cost.