The mumbai zoo is seriously not one i would want to boast about…it’s in a pretty sorry state at least right now. There are very few animals, some birds, a bunch of crocs…the only remotely exotic creature is an emu who lives there with his mate. No lions, no tigers, no cats of any kind…no zebras or giraffes or snakes either. But my kids love the zoo…in fact, we have been going there at least once a week sine the last month. Probably the zoo’s most loyal visitors, my two year twins want to trek there in spite of the terrible heat, the uneven rocky under construction and repair terrain, in spite of the paucity of animals…they go there to see..take a guess- not the elephant..not the monkeys…not the pooping hippos..but the diggers / excavators and dump trucks.
Ask Nish what his favorite animal at the zoo is and he will most likely tell you it’s the digger! I walked in and saw a mess…i saw construction work and mud and rocks and chaos. My two year olds saw their favorite trucks up close. They spent so much time watching just how exactly the excavator worked, how the digger picked up the debris and mud and dumped it into the back of the dump truck. They watched the dump truck go and empty the load of debris in another area. It was fascinating! My kids even made me take my camera out to take pics of the trucks!
The animals were almost incidental. But, the boys loved watching the elephants ambling around their enclosure. They enjoyed the mean fighting performance by the monkeys and also learned how to bare their teeth and snarl. They saw that the hippo made green poop and “so much potty!!” It did not matter to them that there were only a handful of animals there..They were happy just to see all that they saw.
We also saw lots of lovely plants and flowers and seeds and pods!
I realized once again how little it took to fascinate and excite children and how eager they are to learn about and from things around them. We have another trip planned again soon.