Since 2009 the Giant Pandas have been the most talked about animal at Adelaide Zoo, but when you actually head there for a visit, everyone has their favourite animal. So when you visit the zoo, what is your must see enclosure? We've rounded up a few animals that we like to watch, but we want your opinions.
We'll start with the Pandas because they are the name still on everyone's lips. Whether you rave about how cute they are, or rant about how expensive they are, chances are you've talked about them. They have their own enclosure in the specially designed bamboo forest. Like most pandas they can be pretty lazy, and sometimes they'll just sit around eating or sleeping. You can get lucky and catch them on an active day, then they'll be wandering around or playing with some of their toys. You might even get to catch them when they swap enclosures, to make sure they get used to each others smell.
Speaking of smells, one of the zoo's longest legends could leave you quite smelly if you get too close. The story has often been told of a friend of a friend who got a little to keen to see the king of the jungle, the Lion. Many zoo visitors have apparently been 'marked' by the male Lion, and spent the rest of the day smelling a bit like lion pee. He's also prone to sleeping a lot, but perhaps you like to hang around here just in case you witness another incident.
There are two residents of the zoo who are often known for their fun antic. Meerkats and Otters may both be quite small, but they're also very active and great fun to watch. You can watch the meerkats run around their enclosure, with the grand Giraffes in the background, as they appear to play games with each other. Sometimes you'll catch them in their typical Meerkat pose as they stand guard. The Otters also like to scamper about, and they also appear quite inquisitive of all the people staring at them.
There are plenty of other things to see, maybe you like to watch the Sea Lion show, or wander along the walkway watching over the Gibbons. You might prefer to watch the Sumatran Tiger take a dip, or wait for the Hippos to emerge from the water. The Orangutans are also a great sight to see.
There may be a few enclosures that look a bit worse for ware, and sometime you may have to push through crowds to get a good look, but there are so many animals with interesting personalities on show for you to see. So let us know your favourite ones to visit, and why you think they're great.
To find out more of what is on offer check out the Adelaide Zoo website, and help support the Zoo and the Conservation Ark by spending some time visiting the zoo and getting to know these animals.