‘Ever felt the smoothness and beauty of falling in love with animals? I did and always do’.
Hello, and Namaste readers, your blogger from India living in Wageningen has come up again with one of her life stories about her recent visit to Artis Zoo in Amsterdam.
Well, like always, I tried to spend my weekend outside of Wageningen to explore the best of the Netherlands in my own ways. This time I went to Artis Zoo, which I had already visited in 2019, but I wanted to show it to my other friends, and so we decided to go there together.
I try to spend my weekend outside of Wageningen to explore the best of the Netherlands
If only the lovely and captivating eyes, beautiful voices and innocent gestures could ever be ignored, I would not have gone to revisit the place. When I was little, my parents took me to the zoo in India, which was a really delightful and fun trip. Enjoying nature’s beautiful gift of greenery around the zoo and the animals themselves was really one of the best experiences of my childhood.
Well, another aspect of this place is a bit hard to accept: the caging of the animals. We had some discussions about it, but to me, both sides matter. But still, providing the best environment and habitat for the animals, even in a zoo, is something that makes me feel better for them. Honestly, this cannot be compared with the natural environment and forests where they really belong, but human evolution has really caused many changes in animals’ lives, which we all secretly accept in our hearts.
Another aspect of this place is a bit hard to accept: the caging of the animals
I am familiar with this contradictory feeling as I felt the same the last time when I was at the zoo. But, seeing the animals in a desirable environment, the best that can be done, made me really happy for them.
During my visit, I loved seeing sea lions and elephants especially, but I was also very scared of seeing the reptiles. I enjoyed seeing butterflies that were housed in a nice, natural habitat, as were the monkeys, penguins and others.
I really loved the way everyone was enjoying the moment with the animals around, especially the kids. Indeed, we had a great weekend by surrounding ourselves with animals.
Try visiting the zoo, and see you in my next blog, readers.
Aarzoo Kohra is a master’s student in Plant Sciences from India. She lives in Dijkgraaf.