"We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!That was my favorite song to sing at the top of my lungs, driving my brothers crazy, on our home-school trips to the zoo. We had a really great zoo only an hour or so drive from our house. There were quite a few years where we had season passes, and to take full advantage of those passes we would frequently make the trek down to Columbia, SC to hang out with some animals.
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, too.
Cause we're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!"
|The whole group (minus Juhaa who was taking the photo) and a statue of Tenzing Norgay, the Shepa guide to Sir Edmund Hilary (the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest).|
Last week Lindy, Manju, Jeewan Loy, and I took a trip to Darjeeling to visit the zoo there. It is suppose to be the best zoo in India, but my expectations were pretty low. We were joined by the Finnish family who live downstairs as well as another Finnish family who was visiting them. So we all got up before dawn, bundled up with tons of layers, and piled into two jeeps. There were 11 of us in our jeep, including 4 month old Joseh (pronounced yho-say)! Little Joseh was a champ and didn't cry or fuss all day long. On our way the road wound through the foggy hills, and through tea plantations. We stopped at a place about half way for momos. Momos are a staple here in north east India. They are like the dumplings you can get at Chinese food places in the states but the ones here are SO much better. So we had momos and tea for breakfast in a little hole-in-the-wall roadside restaurant overlooking the tea plantations. It was so cold that we could see the steam from our mouths and rising of our food. BRRRR!
|Heidi and I|
|The Animals we brought with us:|
Nelika, Sara, Lyydia, Manju, Jeewan Loy, Siiri, and Lyymila
So the zoo was a nice surprise (though they charge foreigners double just because they can). They had a nice selection of animals. I was sad they didn't have an elephant or camel, but I guess the climate here is too cold for them. There was also a mountaineering museum at the back of the zoo. It was a lot larger and better done than the one I visited in Uttarkashi. There was a whole bunch of exhibits about all of the people who have climbed (or attempted to climb) Mount Everest. We weren't allowed to take photos inside the museum but here are some pictures of the animals they had in the zoo:
|Jeewan Loy checking out the tortoise with the girls.|
|Hey there bear!|
|Mountain Goats (this one is for you Chrissy)|
|"Y" for yak|
|but what if I just want to feed them?|
|The most colorful bird I have ever seen|
|Tiger or "Sher" in Hindi|
|Red Panda- such a cute face|
|Momma Monkeys and their Babies|
|Hungry for Honey|
|Cafe Coffee Day|
|Siiri and Manju - silly best friends|