The weather here has been amazing for a change – warm and sunny – so we decided it’s time to visit the nearby zoo/amusement/water park. That’s right – Öland’s zoo is all this and it’s just on the other side of the bridge connecting the land to the island.
We got there right when they had opened the zoo and we walked around admiring the animals while we waited for the amusement and the water parks to open (they open 1 h later than the zoo). Despite the crowd of people and families with kids running all over the place, I must say that we made a very good choice to start with the animals. We got to see them fed and calm. So calm and natural that I managed to sneak a great many fun shots. I have been to quite a lot of zoos already, both small and big, so I had already seen quite a few of the animals Öland’s zoo has to offer but I was still pleasantly surprised to discover new ones like the mongoose and the tapir.
There were of course all the usual interesting ones like the lions, who were still sleeping but we got a glimpse of the 2 baby lions, the Siberian tigers who also provided us with a good view, a bear family.
There were also pretty pink flamingos that got even prettier when they opened their wings and showed the bright colors hiding under.
There were also different colorful parrots, the usual very photogenic meercats, some African cattle like creatures, camels, cute little maras, guanacos and many more. A surprise were the storks that I am used to seeing free in the nature back home.
The numerous monkeys provided quite some entertainment with their looks and behaviour. The baboon cage was a picture of family life with couples going around and taking care of each other. There was though one particular monkey that got us laughing – it had somehow acquired a lollipop and kept liking its paws and looking guilty.
After a thorough walk around the zoo we headed for the amusement park part. Most of the rides seemed aimed at kids (not that it stopped me to ride them) but we also got some of the twisting and turnings ones and left us dizzy. I particularly liked one that was turning in a circle and up and down. We also just had to ride the big ferris wheel that provided us with awesome views on the park and the nearby long bridge to the main land.
We finished the day by visiting the water park and sliding down most of the water slides. They had all types from classic winding ones to steep straight or curly ones that shoot you in the pool and a closed one that shoots you out in something like a big funnel where you slide round till you slow down enough to get into the hole in the middle. (Due to the wet nature of our activities we did not get any pictures from that part unfortunately). All in all it was a great day full of fun. :)