Copenhagen Zoo

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Last Saturday, I took a trip to Fredericksberg.  Fredericksberg is a
very weird suburb because it really isn't a suburb.  It's part of
Copenhagen.  However, it started out as an independent town so it still
has it's own name and zip code.  That being said, it's home to the
Copenhagen Zoo.  It's one of the oldest zoos in the world, opening in
1859.  According to the website, it's first exhibits were stuffed
birds, a seal in a bathtub, and a turtle in a bucket.



Obviously they've expanded a bit since then...and improved on more humane treatment of animals!



It's actually a really large and very nice zoo although it was
ridiculously crowded.  Probably one of the last nice weekend days
Copenhagen will have and I was practically run over by the HUGE baby
carriages everyone has.  There were also lots of baby animals this time
of year and, surprisingly, most of the animals were awake and doing
stuff.

















The first animals I saw were these monkeys.  I forgot there was a video
function on my camera because I should have caught the sound they were
making.  At first, I thought it was some really obnoxious kid whooping
and making ridiculous noises.  You could hear them through half the zoo.



Since it's a Scandinavian zoo, it also had it's share of arctic animals
including reindeer and polar bears. 
















They also are supposed to have the only tasmanian devil outside of
Australia but I never seemed to find it.  My favorite animals were the
tamarins.  They are kinda monkey like and there were about five
different type of them.  The funniest looking are the emperor
tamarins.  This very PC name is a play on the Chinese emperor's
mustaches as they have the exact same kind.  I wasn't able to get a
good picture though.















One of the most interesting exhibits was in the dark nocturnal house. 
First of all, the bats were just creepy as they had a large cave area
with huge pains of very clean glass to look in on them.  It gave the
sensation that all the bats were out in the middle of the room when you
first walked in and they were swooping right at you.  The other
nocturnal exhibit was for rats.  That's right...everyday common sewer
rats.  I was confused at first as to why there appeared to be a sewer
through the viewing windows.  They had actually built the rats an exact
replica of the sewers...nice.  The pictures are a little
dark...obviously.















One more weird animal...













It has the legs of a zebra.  And it's just...weird.



Finally, I went in search of the hippos.  Tommy told me there were
hippos.  Apparently Tommy isn't too smart because by hippos he really
meant elephants.  Well, of course they have elephants.  What zoo
doesn't?  So I searched in vain through the brand new African safari
area of the zoo and while looking at the brand new modern building
undergoing the last touch-ups before opening, I found a sign for the
hippos.















Basically, it says that a new state-of-the-art hippo house is being
built including an underwater viewing room.  It will open on the 12th
of October...one week later than I had chosen to go.  Also, it cost me
120 kr to get in but the night of the 12th is Copenhagen's Culture
Night.  Entrance to the zoo would also be free.  Unfortuantely, I'm
leaving for Budapest that night or I would go.  And it was fun
anyways.  I'll also get to visit the Vienna Zoo later this week.  I get
to choose between a palace and the zoo...and palaces are only so
exciting.  Plus, they are one of a handful of zoos to have pandas!
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