After dropping mum at the airport we met up with the younger girls who hadn’t gone home for Dasain, and Ester and Prerna at the zoo. They were so excited! They had gotten the bus into Jawalakhel, and were all dressed up in their good clothes (half of which were from mum).
The zoo wasn’t as dire as I could have expected, but not great… The cages were small, and the animals seemed to be asleep. It wasn’t hugely busy, but there was a good sized crowd. Apparently there are concerns about the welfare of many of the animals,a nd the zoo has a high number of deaths. To be honest, its amazing there even is a zoo, seeing how the infrastructure (or lack of) and other community needs are met. We managed to see a tiger, leopards, rhinocerous, hippos, crocodiles, a giant tortoise, lots of birds, two hyenas, monkeys and deer. The kids were ecstatic the entire time, and we had lunch afterwards at the little restaurant? inside the zoo. We caught the bus back home afterwards, and Kunchan fell asleep on my lap, everyone was very tired from their big excursion!