ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

Alipore Zoo

Kolkata Zoo entrance

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Buy my food and feed all the animals!”

If you are offended by the idea of animals being kept in cages, then you should skip this post. As for the others – let me guide you through the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata.

Kolkata has the oldest formally stated Zoo in India. Like in most Zoo’s, it’s forbidden to feed and tease the animals so, naturally, there are guys selling nuts and seeds, just by the entrance. I thought that it may have just been my lucky day, but then I saw one of the guys’ photo on Wikipedia.

Once you’re in, a good idea is to start the excursion is by going right to the bird cages, because it’s likely that you’ll forget them if you would start with the animals you really want to see.

Birds sleeping at the Kolkata Zoo

An exciting day at the Zoo

Cockatiels at the Kolkata Zoo

“We need more Cockatiels!”

Macaw cage at the Kolkata Zoo

“Lays 2 to 4 eggs ; but usually 3.”

If you’re still not convinced to start the excursion from the bird cages, then you should know that it’s where you can find the open air enclosure of:

Lion at the Kolkata Zoo

The King of the freakin’ Jungle

Then, it’s nice to go over all of classics that most Zoo’s have:

Hippo at the Kolkata Zoo

The Chilling Hippo

Giraffe at the Kolkata Zoo

The Sad Giraffe

Elephants at the Kolkata Zoo

The Happy Elephants

Gharials at the Kolkata Zoo

The Endangered Gharials

Zebras at the Kolkata Zoo

The Donkey-like Zebras

Tiger at the Kolkata Zoo

The Restless Tiger

And if there would be one animal that I would recommend seeing, it would be the Gorrila. I don’t think I know a living person with this much ‘vibe’:

Gorrila at the Kolkata Zoo

The Laid-back Gorrila

What you might not like about the Zoo are some of the cages. Take this monkey cage for example. It has three layers of protection and, of course, it makes it harder for people to throw food in, but it’s hard to even see the monkeys inside:

Monkey cage at the Kolkata Zoo

“Let’s play game of ‘Spot the Monkey’.”

For me, the Zoo was worth visiting, because this was the second time I have ever been to a Zoo, but people who have very strong feelings about animals living in captivity should rather go to the nearby National Library, which I will also visit.

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