Yikes! Friguia holds white tigers, that’s a massive red flag too!

softsleepylouis:

meettheelephants:

This was my first time seeing an elephant in real life & it was incredible! It was at a zoo in Tunisia & I was able to feed pieces of fruit to the elephants. They’re such beautiful, lovely creatures and have always been my favourite animal. I don’t condone animals being kept in zoos (although at this particular zoo the elephants had a very large enclosure with running water and many shaded areas), and would much prefer it if they were able to live in the wild (which I assume is the best place for them? please correct me if I’m wrong). However, I am very grateful for this opportunity to meet them in such close quarters.

Hmm I’m not too sure about this zoo. Letting people feed/be this close to elephants is dangerous, especially for the elephants health (they can pick up diseases from humans, and we can from them, though not as easily)  What did the rest of their enclosure look like? If it was all concrete thats another giant alarm, as concrete causes serious joint damage and arthritis in elephants, detrimental to their wellbeing.

I do like the set up of being above the elephants, and the barriers make it seem like it would be difficult to hurt patrons if they stayed behind it, plus you get a goo view of the elephants, I haven’t seen many exhibits like that!

Was this Friguia? From what I can find there’s a lot of concrete and packed down dirt, unfortunately that’s how most zoos are. The exhibit does look very spacious though, I’ll give them that!

On another note, I would avoid Friguia in the future simply because they hold dolphins, which don’t do well in captivity. Friguia also gets their dolphins from the Taiji drive, which kill thousands of dolphins every year, so they support that. http://right-tourism.com/issues/animals-attractions/aquariums/dolphinariums-supplied-by-taiji-cove/ (if you’ve seen the cove, you know what I’m referring to. If you haven’t seen the cove, I recommend watching it!)

All zoos have pros and cons but if I were you, I would try to avoid this one in the future!

Yes, I think it was Friguia. Other than this area (shown in the picture) there was a large concrete square at the centre of the enclosure, with a large umbrella to provide shade and shower nozzles that constantly poured water. The rest of the enclosure was packed down dirt.
I also noticed with the rest of Friguia that the majority of the animal enclosures were packed down dirt or concrete, and a lot of the animals weren’t given as much shade or water as the elephants. The large cats also looked rather thin and lay in one spot for long periods of time (although that might have to do with the fact that it was the height of summer when I went).
That’s a very interesting point to raise about the elephant’s health, as no one who participated in feeding the animals were made to wash their hands before or after (my friend and I did it before anything else as she has an issue with germs/dirt). The barriers were a safe distance away from the edge, so I shouldn’t think it would be easy for the elephants to harm any visitors.
Thank you for informing me about Friguia and for their harm towards dolphins. I also didn’t know about the damage that these living conditions causes elephants, so I’m grateful that you told me. And yes, I will definitely take your advice to not visit Friguia again.

Concrete for most of the enclosures? Wow! I guess it is like the desert so it would be tough to grow a lot of vegetation for animals. Of the photos I can find online, their cats look relatively healthy but that being said, I really don’t know a whole lot about big cats! haha

That’s kind of alarming they didn’t even make you wash your hands to feed them! The risk is quite minimal of disease transfer, but most facilities  who allow that still insist on hand washing, or use hand sanitizer!

Parks that support Taiji really do have an awful impact on the population of dolphins , not to mention the whole hunt is barbaric and unnecessary. I looked into Friguia a bit more too, and they offer swim with programs, which is also a risk to animals (and people! Dolphins can cause serious damage)

It seems like their best interest is money and not the animals themselves. There’s a lot of really positive reviews so I guess a lot of guests are unaware of things such as the connection to Taiji, I mean that isn’t something a park would probably tell guests haha

Thanks for taking the time to read my reply, and I’m glad you decided you won’t support the park in the future! :)

This was my first time seeing an elephant in real life & it was incredible! It was at a zoo in Tunisia & I was able to feed pieces of fruit to the elephants. They’re such beautiful, lovely creatures and have always been my favourite animal. I don’t condone animals being kept in zoos (although at this particular zoo the elephants had a very large enclosure with running water and many shaded areas), and would much prefer it if they were able to live in the wild (which I assume is the best place for them? please correct me if I’m wrong). However, I am very grateful for this opportunity to meet them in such close quarters.

Hmm I’m not too sure about this zoo. Letting people feed/be this close to elephants is dangerous, especially for the elephants health (they can pick up diseases from humans, and we can from them, though not as easily)  What did the rest of their enclosure look like? If it was all concrete thats another giant alarm, as concrete causes serious joint damage and arthritis in elephants, detrimental to their wellbeing.

I do like the set up of being above the elephants, and the barriers make it seem like it would be difficult to hurt patrons if they stayed behind it, plus you get a goo view of the elephants, I haven’t seen many exhibits like that!

Was this Friguia? From what I can find there’s a lot of concrete and packed down dirt, unfortunately that’s how most zoos are. The exhibit does look very spacious though, I’ll give them that!

On another note, I would avoid Friguia in the future simply because they hold dolphins, which don’t do well in captivity. Friguia also gets their dolphins from the Taiji drive, which kill thousands of dolphins every year, so they support that. http://right-tourism.com/issues/animals-attractions/aquariums/dolphinariums-supplied-by-taiji-cove/ (if you’ve seen the cove, you know what I’m referring to. If you haven’t seen the cove, I recommend watching it!)

All zoos have pros and cons but if I were you, I would try to avoid this one in the future!

adventuringsoul:

reminiscing and looking through some old photos from thailand, i forgot about these.

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