Lujan Zoo

Another must see/do that while studying abroad in Buenos Aires is to visit the Lujan Zoo. It is about an hour bus ride from the city (only if you catch the bus in the right place, otherwise you cannot catch the express bus and it takes several hours) but this long ride is well worth it. This zoo is unlike any other. Instead of just getting to see the animals, you get to actually touch them. No, I am not describing a petting zoo. You get to enter the cages of Lions and Tigers and touch them!

Some people believed that the animals are drugged although the zoo argues that they have been raised with dogs and are therefore calm and playful. I had a baby tiger jump on my back and playfully bite me. I wasn’t afraid though, mainly because I thought it was a dog. There was a dog in the cage and since I am used to dogs doing this I just assumed it was the dog. I was taking a picture with the mom tiger and couldn’t see what was on me. The baby tiger was very cute and did not hurt me.

I recommend this place because it is very unusual. Usually when people go to Taiwan I see pictures of them with tigers. It is not necessary to go to Taiwan for that because it can happen right here in Buenos Aires. I fed baby goats, laid my head on a tiger, posed with lions, and fed elephants. This was one of the first places I went when my mom came to visit me and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

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About jday1991

NYU student in the Global Media Scholars Program in the Steinhardt major of Media,Culture, and Communication. Studying in Buenos Aires Fall 2012 with the help of Banco Santander.

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