I was very apprehensive going into the zoo at The Citadel, my last experience of a zoo wasn’t too comfortable and as we’d arrived at the map in “Vous et ici” we had spotted a huge circus tent over to the right and dropped over to see what was there first. As far as I know animals are no longer shown in British circuses but in Lille we found elephants in small enclosures belonging to the circus. I took a few snaps but became more and more aware that the elephants didn’t look at all happy, they looked bored and one possibly a little mad, just swinging his trunk back and for for the whole time we’d stopped. I deleted the snaps but the images still play on my mind, and needless to say we didn’t purchase a ticket for the show.
However, the zoo in Lille was a completely different matter altogether. The animals looked happy and well cared for, by combining animals which would have lived peacefully together in the wild their enclosures were bigger than just a little square plot and had the added interest of their neighbours, and as far as I can gather, most of the animals there were protected or endangered species, so the park wasn’t just for our benefit, it was for theirs too, a much more agreeable experience all round and if I lived in the area, one I would quite happily repeat again.
More from before : A city-break in “Lille“, October 2012.