Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Day at the Zoo.

About a week ago me and my bestie Elina went to the Attica Zoo. It's just a mere 20 min by car from where I live and I can easily say it's one of the happiest places to be in Greece.

So what about the Attica Zoo?

The Attica Zoological Park extends to a total area of 20 hectares, hosting more than 2000 animals from 350 different species.

It opened in May 2000, initially as a Bird Park, hosting the 3rd largest bird collection in the world (1100 birds from 300 different species), farm animals for the younger visitors and 3 very impressive walk-in aviaries – miniatures of the 3 continents – in which visitors can walk and admire the relevant bird fauna and flora.

In April 2001, when the “World of Reptiles” was added to the Attica Zoological Park, constant expansions and additions began including the “Greek Fauna” section, with animals rarely seen in Greece (summer 2002), the “African Savannah” with animals from Africa (February 2003), the monkeys and apes section (June 2003), the completion of the “Big Cats” section and the extension of the African Savannah (December 2004), the “Monkey Forest”, where visitors can be in the same enclosure with the monkeys (early 2005), the “Cheetah Land”, where 4 Cheetahs are kept in a large enclosure which visitors can cross through a special corridor, the chimpanzees and gibbons section (March 2008) and finally the “Arid Lands” section hosting animals such as camels, Somali wild asses, etc. (April 2008). In addition, in May 2010, 2 white male rhinos were added to the Park’s “family” and in June 2010, 4 dolphins and 2 California sea lions became members of AZP's family.

Future plans include the expansion of the facilities with “Dinosavropolis”, an Evolution Museum with an emphasis on the Age of the Dinosaurs, as well as “Okeanopolis”, an Aquarium of international stature.

Elina and I had an AMAZING TIME and we both felt as if we were children again (Which of course is true because you are as young as you feel right? And we shall NEVER get old or grow up)


The best part of the Attica Zoo for us was the Ring-tailed Lemurs! You enter a closed area in the park, where they are located and they run free in that area. After some time there we finally got the lemurs to jump on us and they are one of the cutest and coolest animals ever! They are very soft to the touch, very social and friendly and simply gorgeous! The sun was setting and the park was closing and we were still with the Lemurs, we didn't want to leave!

I can't wait to go again, has anybody been to the Attica Zoo? Did you like it? I would love to hear your stories and experiences! Kisses Dolls.

P.S: These are not the only animals we saw, we went through the WHOLE park. I just didn't want to go picture crazy in this post.