Animals are always adorable.
We're hoping no one ever really gets too old for the zoo. The animals will always be adorable.
And now that it's getting warmer an afternoon at the zoo during your next trip to Cape Town is a perfect family fun opportunity for all.
Untaming the lions
Lions raised in unacceptable and inappropriate conditions end up living horrible lives out in the bush if they're not properly re-introduced into the wild. They generally fall prey to hunters after being sent off to atrocious hunting farms.
Drakenstein Lion Park is a safe haven for these kinds of lions. Local and international lions otherwise destined for hunting farms or shipment back into the wild without proper introduction are protected here.
Take the family out to see what's being done to help these animals.
Old Paarl Road (R101)
Crocs every where
If you've always wanted to see crocodiles up close Le Bonheur croc farm is one of the best places to check them out. They have more than 200 crocodiles that you can see during the daily guided tours conducted at every half hour. If you want you can get as close as touching a baby croc. The kids should love that.
R45, (between Paarl and Franschoek)
It's all monkey tricks
If ever there was a real-life funky town this is it. Monkey Town serves as a sanctuary for more than 230 monkeys in forms too exotic to even imagine, unless you’re a primate expert.
Most of the 27 species that are housed here are endangered. A visit is not only a fun excursion but also a chance to learn more about what's threatening these primates and how they're being helped.
By the way don't be startled if some jump on you, they roam freely through the walkways.
Off the N2, 3 km outside of Somerset West
Zebras, lions, tigers and all
Tygerberg Zoo park is the city's only zoo, in the traditional sense. It's located just 4o-minutes out of the CBD and is home to 61 mammals, 160 bird species and 63 reptile species.
There are also some special breeding programs aimed at protecting rare and endangered species. For the smaller kids, the farmyard animals will probably be a hit.
It's a bird world out there
The World of Birds Park is certainly a danger zone for anyone who's afraid of cute little feathery things that fly.
If you're not one of those then this largest bird park in Africa will be one of the best times you'll ever have with birds as the main attraction.
There are more than 3 000 bird species to check out, a crazy paradise for the bird lover. You can also have the kids check out the injured birds and breeding program at the park.
World of Birds,
Valley Road, Hout Bay
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