September 20, 2014 – Indonesia:Day003
In our mini-vacation to the island of Bali in the country of Indonesia, we took the opportunity to experience the local zoo at night.
An advantage to attending a zoo is the chance to see all sorts of animals that one (especially a city-dweller like myself) does not have the chance to see in everyday life. The downside to plunking down your money and buying a ticket to walk around a zoo during the day is that you are not able to see those animals that are mainly nocturnal. The nighttime zoo gives us the opportunity to see those creatures that are active from dusk until dawn.
The downside to attending a nighttime zoo is that it is at night. This makes taking pictures rather difficult since nighttime, ipso facto, means “dark” and my camera (a 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix S1600) does not do well in dim light and creatures of the night tend to spook at flashes (which were prohibited during our journey).
Be that as it may, here is what we saw on our trip to the nighttime zoo at the Bali Safari and and Marine Park.
First – and trust me, it is there – a Komodo dragon.
Here’s an elephant in real life…
…and here’s an elephant in stone which is a representation of the Hindu deity, Ganesh.
The highlight of the nighttime safari is when we were able to move through the animal enclosures. We were able to do this safely because we were loaded into the back of a pickup truck that was surrounded by a steel cage. This was sort of like being in a shark cage, except we were not in the water and we were going through the feline carnivore section, such as the lions…
…and the tiger, which actually jumps onto the top of the cage (and again, trust me, it’s there).
We also saw zebras.
To finish up, nighttime safaris are a wonderful way to see animals you normally don’t get to see be active in a zoo during the day, but they are darn difficult to make a decent photo album out of.