If you’ve spent any time perusing my personal twitter account, or even seen my desk at work, you’d figure out that I love animals. But something I’ve realized is that even though I love animals, I don’t necessarily like the zoo.
There’s no denying that studying animals is important, and zoos give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to observe animals that don’t normally inhabit their country. Obviously, there’s no way that I would be able to admire an African Elephant in the Upstate New York wilderness.
Even so, I usually leave the zoo feeling sad and unfulfilled because the animals are cooped up and I don’t ever get to pet any of them. Still, I went into our trip to the Taipei Zoo with the expectation that maybe, just maybe, this time around, something would be different.
My Taipei Zoo Experience:
The first thing that stood out to me about the Taipei Zoo was that the admission price is extremely reasonable. It’s only 60 NTD ($1.97) for adult admission, which is nothing compared to Philadelphia Zoo tickets that come in at a whopping $23 per person.
As we started walking through the zoo, I noticed that it was extremely clean and well kept. The walking paths were very wide, and even though it wasn’t the biggest zoo I’ve ever been to, it felt really open with a lot to see.
The animals seemed well taken care of, and most of the enclosures were big with plenty of room for the animals to move around and interact with one another.
I felt pretty happy with the zoo, until we got to the panda house. Seeing the pandas was something I was looking forward to, but it turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the day. There was only one panda in the entire panda enclosure, and it looked pretty sad and dirty. I’m not really sure if this is a normal thing, but it made me sad to see the panda all by itself. It just felt a bit lonely.
Despite the panda disappointment, all was not lost, and we did enjoy walking through the zoo and admiring the animals.
Is It Worth It?
If you’re planning on being in Taipei for only a short time, I don’t know if visiting the Taipei Zoo is for you. It was a nice thing to do towards the end of our time in Taiwan, but not something I would add to our itinerary again if we went back to Taipei. The good thing is that it’s cheap, and doesn’t take very long to walk through.
If you’re traveling with kids, or just looking for a way to kill time, this just might be the perfect place for you!
In the end, it really all depends on how you feel about zoos, and whether or not this is something you want to spend your time doing.
Your Visit to the Taipei Zoo:
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Open every day except for Chinese New Year’s Eve (January 27)
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