Okay this, like many posts I’m hoping to put up in the coming weeks, has been a long time coming. Last summer a few friends and I planned an outing to Taipei Zoo. It just so happened that a typhoon developed that week, and was just off the coast of Taiwan that day. Needless to say we had a wet, cloudy, sometimes sunny, and very muggy day wandering around what is a very nice zoo, nestled up against the Mountains to the South of the city.
I haven’t got any pictures of the day, because one – they’d mostly be of animals, and two – the weather was pretty bad at times, so my camera stayed in my backpack.
It’s not hard to get to the Zoo. Take the MRT Brown Line to the last stop, which is called Taipei Zoo Station. This is the same station you get off at to go to Maokong via the gondola. Actually, both can easily be done as part of day-trip, and you’d still have plenty of time (perhaps not the energy though) to visit a night market that night!
Entrance to the Zoo is NT$60 for adults, and when you realise how big it actually is, and how long you can while away in there, it’s a very good deal. There’s a small buggy-train thing inside the Zoo too, which can help take you from place to place.
There’s a good mix of animals, and habitats as you walk through. The main attraction though are the Panda’s (especially baby) and there’s plenty of panda paraphernalia you can pick up at the enclosure too. There are also quite a few monkeys & apes at the Zoo, which are always fun to watch. For me, it was also good to see some of the Aussie animals there, such as the resident emus.
All up, Taipei Zoo (and Maokong) make a good whole-day trip, if you are looking for something to do, especially with children in tow. Just try to avoid a Typhoon 😉