No fashion today, no interiors, only the animals in the Antwerp Zoo (the website is only available in Dutch and French but Wikipedia has a fine page in English). I'll admit it; I've got very mixed emotions when it comes to zoos and often I feel like a complete idiot in a zoo, with a camera in my hand photographing caged animals. Instead of feeling guilty I try to focus on the entertainment and educational value for the children, just the look on their faces, their genuine happiness, lessens the guilt. I know the animals in the Antwerp Zoo are treated well and the zoo supports wildlife preservation, so I guess we could say that I'm comfortable with its ethics.
The Antwerp Zoo has a long history; it's the oldest in the world, established in the year of 1843. We took our friends to see it last Saturday. What's unique about it is that it's located in the city centre, right next to the Central Train Station. There are about 6000 animals, a little less than 1000 species – just imagine the fun if all the animals would free themselves! wink My favourite animals in the zoo are the giraffe, okapi and hippopotamus. I had never seen these animals before moving to Antwerp.
Life is back to normal after wonderful days spent with our friends who went back to Iceland yesterday. Today I'm busy with cleaning and doing laundry. I'm so behind on my blog visits so I'll need some time to catch up. I hope you're all enjoying a fine Monday!
photo credit: Lisa Hjalt