Does a Zoo complete a Sanctuary?

“Hey! Why dont you put up the pics of the Bondla zoo as a sequel to your trip to Bondla? It kind of completes the Bondla experience.”

This suggestion from Elton led me to muse… Does a zoo really ‘complete’ a sanctuary? This is not what Elton intended to say, but just a thought that lingered in my mind. There was Ayesha who completely disapproved of going to the zoo when I visited Bondla the first time. Merci was more than convinced that the animals in their cages/pens looked depressing… similar to being  in solitary confinement for animals which are otherwise quite social.

Bondla does boast of quite a collection of animals. In the monsoons their surroundings looked green and prosperous, but I wondered how it would be in the summer when there were not many watering holes around and only dry vegetation to chew on…

Stately... Majestic... Limited to a cage

Stately... Majestic... Limited to a cage

Watch this

Watch this

Crocodile couch

Crocodile couch

This turtle shared the same pond as the croc!

This turtle shared the same pond as the croc!

Jawsssss

Jawsssss

The Gaze of the cobra

The Gaze of the cobra

The Head of the Bison

The Head Bison

Bison Bonds

Bison Bonds

Graze a little...

Graze a little...

It was time for us to leave the confines of the zoo and go out into the wild…

Deer in the wild

Deer in the wild

Wild cat? ;)

Wild cat? 😉

Mega mushroom

Mega mushroom

No added colors ;)

No added colors 😉

Locust on the car bonnet

Locust on the car bonnet

Colorful cricket

Colorful cricket

Butterfly time!

Butterfly time!

Dad called this 'the sugary one'

Dad called this 'the sugary one'

Leopard skin butterfly

Leopard skin butterfly

So… does a zoo complete your experience in a sanctuary…? It does not for me. But I guess when animals are injured or in transit, or rescued, they need a safe house and this would serve as one. Correct me if I am wrong.

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One response to “Does a Zoo complete a Sanctuary?

  1. The picture that takes the cake is the leopard. The ‘wild’ cat comes next, reminds me of puss-in-boots.

    Is that really a locust? Seems far away from that dreaded scourge of the land. the colourful cricket stands out… guess they’ve discovered fashion!

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