I decided to visit the zoo on my free day in the city. I really do enjoy zoos and the Budapest Zoo had been wonderful but it had severely lacked in the Tapir department.
It was a Saturday so the zoo was quite busy. I hadn't arrived as early as I had when I went to the Budapest Zoo but I was lucky on the transit because I walked from the hostel to the metro station where the bus to the zoo was waiting for me. I hoped on, paid the fare and took a seat to go to the zoo.
Arriving I got in line with everyone else. The Prague Zoo lets people bring their dogs in for a fee. The zoo itself for adults costs 200 CZK or $11 Canadian. $11 for a zoo. Definitely worth a visit just for the price.
What I didn't know about the zoo when I arrived was how big it was. I also did not know that it was built up on a hill. There is a lower area for some exhibits but you climb a winding path up higher and then go down on the other side, seeing different exhibits this way. I was not handed a map when I arrived so struggled a little to find where I was and where the Tapirs were. They even have a chairlift to get to the top of the hill or you can also take a train.
As I was wandering around more, enjoying all the different animals I came across another map and inspected it closer. What! Two different type of tapirs! I happily raced through the place like a mad women and came across the Panda Tapir, just kidding the Malayan Tapir! There was two of them and they were so cute!
Look at this one's feet!
They have four toes on each front foot and three toes on each back foot. The Malayan tapir has rather poor eyesight, but excellent hearing and sense of smell. Who couldn't have a good sense of smell with that nose!
I also purchased my favourite souvenir of my entire Top Deck trip which was a stuffed toy Tapir. I went into the gift shop nearest the Malayan Tapirs and found this beautiful creature. I stared at it on the shelf, half wondering if what I was seeing was actually what I thought it was. It was! A tapir! Never in my wildest dreams did I think they would have a tapir stuffed toy. I was so happy. He cost me about $25 but I happily paid for my little guy and carried him through the rest of my trip with joy.
It's true love.