Petting Zoo was an interesting and different experience for us. When compared to normal zoos where you can just watch animals behind cages, in this place you can touch, feel, hold, caress and interact directly with animals! I loved the idea and enjoyed the experience, much 🙂
During our recent trip to Yelagiri Hills, near Chennai – Tamil Nadu, South India, we went to an adventure park called ‘Thrill Valley‘. I will write a separate post about the rides available there, but it was this petting zoo inside Thrill Valley that attracted me the most and naturally, we went there first.
Of course we didn’t hope to jump over a leopard or lie down on a tiger. Those experiences are not available, at least not yet 😛 But we found many pet animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, chicks, ducks, ponies, etc. We also saw enclosures filled with water – not sure if they are planning to introduce fishes.
While dogs and cats came to us easily, rabbits were not that forthcoming. They kept jumping and running. We didn’t lift ducks – we ran behind them while they moved in a group. Of course, we didn’t go around chasing and lifting these animals ourselves – a guide was there to help us.
Animals also need our love & affection – don’t you think?
Right now there are only a few animals but I still liked the experience. Maybe if more people visit they might add new animals. I feel they could have birds also and increase the number of personnel to help visitors – there was only one person when we went.
I also wish there is a facility to wash our hands while coming out – actually there is a small house nearby and we washed our hands there, but one within would’ve been better. It seems they’ve opened this zoo just three months back, so I guess they will improve in the future.
The idea is good. I hope there will be more such petting zoos at other places also – especially in cities. Don’t miss the photo slideshow I have embedded at the beginning of this post that gives a glimpse into our experience.