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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Ok, maybe just lions…

Burgers' Zoo

Last month Xander and I got up early and headed off to Arnhem to meet up with some friends at Burgers’ Zoo.  I have wanted to visit for quite some time now as I’ve heard really great things about it, and it gave me a great chance to meet up with Sonya and Candace again.  We all enjoy photography so it was a lot of fun exploring the zoo with them.

I took a load of photos so I’m going to post them in stages, because I have no control when it comes to trying to cherry pick my photos.  So, this post will be about the LIONS, which are always a favorite for me.

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

The lion enclosure in Burgers’ is miles better than the one at Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, which is pitiful. Actually, calling it pitiful would actually be giving it too much credit.  It’s way too small, there is no space for them to move around, they always look agitated.  I hate it.

The only thing that did bother me was not having any open air areas to take photos of them, there was a room where you could stand and take photos of the lions through glass… which was a struggle because the glass was covered in dirty little child nose and fingerprints.

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

Burgers Zoo

Burgers' Zoo

Burgers' Zoo

Burgers' Zoo

Overall the zoo was alright but it wasn’t as fantastic as some people made it out to be.  I think because we got there a little earlier in the season, a lot of the animals were still indoors.  It was a fairly big zoo but I think I still prefer Blijdorp.  If they improved their lion and tiger enclosures at Blijdorp it would go a long way to improving their rankings among the zoos in the Netherlands I think.

I will be back with more photos soon, including some rather disgusting photos I took at one of the monkey exhibits.  Ok not rather disgusting, completely disgusting… I haven’t even gotten around to editing the photos yet because even I don’t want to look at them.  Which means I must share them with all of you!  You can thank me later!

About Tammy

A Canadian girl living in the Netherlands with her Dutch hubby. A total TV and movie junkie who enjoys crafting, nail art, cuddling her dogs and general geekery. Otherwise just working on getting by and making a life for herself in her 'new' country.

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  1. We went there about two years ago. It’s a really nice zoo. Next you have to give Apenheul a go. That place is amazing.

    Great photos. I’m a sucker of big cats as well as small cats… as long as they are not trying to eat me.
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  2. LOL, the Burgers is soooo much better than the Philadelphia zoo!
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  3. Majestic animals! I like those photos with the lion on the tree. Very nice!
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  4. Lions are beautiful animals. They move slowly but efficiently and there is no doubt they could jump on their prey at any second!

  5. I feel the same way you do about the zoo. It was nice..but not a place I need to go back to. I’ve never seen such horrible windows! I vote we hit Apenheul at some point..take lots of time just sitting there and snapping away :)
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