I went to the Salzburg Zoo today. It was Easter Monday here and most things were closed, including the seminar offices. So many people took advantage of it. I've been wanting to get to the zoo for a while now and the weather was great. I love zoos. This one is small, but interesting. The primate areas were different than in any place I've seen.
The lions don't have a lot of room in the outside enclosure, and if they get one good rockslide, it's good-bye to the bears, but it's a decent zoo.
I liked the monkey/lemur enclosures and what they did. There is a partition, but I think it's more for the humans than the monkeys cause it's about waist high and the pond filled with Amazonian fish(thinking piranhas) isn't huge. A good, determined monkey could swing over it. Anyway it's much more up close and personal with the South American monkeys, than say in the Bronx Zoo.
Spent some time communing with the big cats. They had everything but a leopard. Well they had a SNOW leopard(2 in fact) which is my favorite big cat, but no African leopard. It's odd they had a cougar and a lynx. Well, the lynx is a Eurasian subspecies, but the cougar/puma/mountain lion is a North American big cat. They had 2 jaguars as well. I felt sorry for them. Jaguars are not known for their love of noise and people. And they were right up front on display. I could tell one of the cats was a bit skittish and you could barely see him/her until some of the crowds moved along. Then I got this shot of it. Not bad, I thought.
The lioness was calmer. She only got up once and was staring at the lion house. Maybe they were pissed that the pigs next door(I think they were warthogs) got fed first. Either that or they were thinking hmmm, looking good.
Then as the lion was generally entertaining the crowds a guy and his dog came up next to me. Dogs go to the zoo here. 2 euros, and they even have rest stops with water bowls and leash hangers. It's very cool. Anyway the dog got one look or sniff of the lions and went NUTS. Barked and growled and jumped on the glass enclosure. Wouldn't be quiet or sit down. It was all the funnier since the dog couldn't have been more than 15 pounds. It didn't think major killer cat. Just CAT.