Monday, September 26, 2016

Lions, Tigers, And Dinosaurs! Exploring The Cordoba Zoo

The Cordoba Zoo has been entertaining visitors for over a hundred years, and it's easy to see why with the number of exotic animals, both land and aquatic. Oh, and did we mention dinosaurs?
We've had the pleasure of exploring the zoo twice since moving to Argentina. The first time was back in October 2012, when the price for admission was about $50 Argentine pesos ($3.28 USD), and then later in 2016 when the price went up to $100 Argentine pesos ($6.56 USD).
As you can see, there are a wide array of species. 
However, the zoo is not without its controversies either. There have been a series of protests from some, like local legislator Rodrigo de Loredo, who claimed that maintaining animals in captivity for the sole purpose of entertainment is wrong. 
In the zoo's defense, we never saw any form of abuse from the caretakers. The animals are well fed and the habitats are properly maintained. On the other hand, we totally get where animal conservationists are coming from. If someone locked me up in a habitat when I could be roaming free in the wild, I'd probably climb to the highest precipice and jump!
One thing you won't find at the zoo is food! The two times we went we noticed a couple of kiosks where you could buy snacks and drinks, but they were closed.
On the plus side, there were plenty of areas to take cool photos. 
King for a day...or in my case, well, you know.
 If you're looking for an aquarium, then you're in luck. The sea isn't the only place where you'll find plenty of fishes. There are some in the zoo too.
Careful what you pet under the sea!
Okay! So it's not Sea World, but it's still pretty cool. They even do a show with a pretty smart seal who loves doing tricks in exchange for some fishy treats.
Of course, you don't want to leave the zoo without visiting some creatures of Jurassic proportion.
What? You weren't expecting the real thing were you? Yeah, the zoo's budget isn't strong enough to clone dinosaurs from fossils like on Jurassic Park, but this is still the next best thing.