"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." Joseph Smith

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Saigon Zoo

Welcome to the Saigon Zoo!  Today we took a half day off from our missionary labors to enjoy some nature in our "backyard", - well - a short bus ride from our apartment at least. It was even more fun because we went with a couple of church members from our branch.  It was a pleasant break from the hub bub of a busy city life.

The multiple reptile enclosures housed pythons - lots of pythons.  Pythons in every enclosure practically.  With a few iguanas and a water monitor.  And more pythons!

 Do iguanas have lips??? This one does!

The zoo includes activities for children with these rooster-swan boats, a carnival, and water balls with an oversized rubber ducky. A magic show was in process as we walked by, applauded by crowds of children in school uniforms. 

Who wouldn't want to feed the hungry penguins???  


It was a day for lots of parents and grandparents with the little children - the place was teeming with adorable little ones!

The children's petting zoo is always a big hit! Snack time from behind the fence...

 ...or inside the fence!  

The teeniest goat there... just a baby!

 The deer knew just how to beg with their lovely eyes and ears - this doe waits for another vegetable snack offering from the crowds.

 The wildebeest are a strange looking lot...

The life of the wild in the city... large apartment buildings look down on the small African habitats with their precious wildlife.  

They had at least three white Bengal tigers, as well as some orange Bengal tigers. Such beautiful animals!

I came to the Saigon zoo several times when I lived here as a little girl. It was a pleasant trip to come here again and see how the zoo has grown and improved. Lots of improvements still needed - yes. But it has come a long ways and will continue to improve as resources become available.  It is always a joy to see God's lovely creations. 

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."  Genesis 1:26

1 comment:

  1. There is a legend in Afrca that says that after God finished creating all of the animals He had a few parts left over. So he put them together to make one last animal and that is why we have wildebeasts. LOL