I had avoided Burundi’s version of a zoo, Musée Vivant (which actually means “living museum”), for an entire year. I’d heard about what happens there. You can buy a guinea pig or two for about $3 and feed it as a snack to the crocs. If you are more adventurous and want to spend about $30, you can buy lunch for the crocs and throw them a live goat. I have a bit of a soft spot for animals and I could just hear my oldest saying, “Mommy why did that crocodile tear the leg off that goat.” Did I need a bigger reason than that plausible question to avoid going? I really didn’t think so.
All my avoiding came to an end this week. My boys were bored, cranky and downright ready for an adventure. Time for a trip to the zoo! Aside from my littlest having a near-miss with a leopard paw, we actually enjoyed it.
Good kitty… bad mommy, bad.
Of course, once it was all over, an employee came up to me and confessed that she had “gotten one” before. “One what?” I asked. “One of those” he said while pointing at Neo, “She likes the little ones.” Ok then.
This girl stole my heart. She threw dirt and rocks at me when I snapped away without asking her, but once I spoke to her she became a gentle girl and hung out with us for quite a while. Patting our hands and CONNECTING. It was really amazing.
The crocodile… and, below, his food. Like I mentioned above, you can buy yourself a guinea pig for about $3 and throw it to the crocs yourself. “No thanks” was how we voted on this one, but we know plenty of people who have enjoyed the spectacle.
I have not been to a zoo in a long time. We always prefer game parks where the animals roam free. I was struck by the sadness I felt for the leopard and the eagle especially. I am no animal rights activist, but seeing those two caged was especially saddening.
Planning on going? Here’s what Trip Advisor has to say. Of course, there aren’t really directions online, and I couldn’t really tell you how to get there… it’s on that road that eventually T’s down by the lake. You just have to land and then ask around. It’s a small town, you’ll find it.
What does the zoo look like in your neck of the woods?