As you would have noticed, I have been moving around Coimbatore quite a bit during the weekends, and have more plans to visit nearby tourist destinations too very soon as I have some time in my hands now, thankfully! This post is to present some photos taken at the VOC Zoological Park in Coimbatore which is right in the heart of the city – perhaps a 20 minute walk from the main bus terminus in Gandhipuram would take you there. The Nehru Stadium is right opposite to this park.
The V.O.C Zoo is quite a small Zoo when you compare with the Chennai or Thiruvananthapuram Zoo’s. But, if you want to spend time quickly without traveling much from the center of the city, this is a good option! I have published some photos from this zoo, but there are some more animals, reptiles and birds too. After each photo, I have included a question/answer caption which I picked up from the entrance of this zoo. Enjoy……. 🙂
“Why should we not feed the zoo animals?” – “Zoo animals are on special diets, which have been scientifically worked out to meet their needs. Your feeding them may cause them to go off their regular food. Wrong food may lead to digestive troubles or worse. Help us to keep these animals healthy by not feeding them!”
“Why should we not tease the animals?” – “Teasing disturbs and frightens the animals. Sticks and stones thrown at them may injure them. They may swallow things thrown in to enclosures and this may lead to problems. Do not throw stones, sticks and other objects at the animals as it may seriously hurt them”
“Why should we worry whether the zoo is clean?” – “A dirty zoo is unpleasant for visitors and unhealthy for animals. Put all litter in garbage bins. No smoking please. Help us to keep the zoo clean and litter free”
“Why should we not scratch the signs?” – “Signs help us to know more about the animals we are visiting. The signs have to be there for all who visit the zoo after us. Signs are meant to be read and not scratched. Do not disfigure or damage the signs”
Hopefully you people would follow these guidelines whenever you visit a zoo!
Quite next to the zoo, there is this V.O.C park which is a nice little park to move around and take some rest/ catch up with a conversation. When I went there there was this ‘Wildlife week celebration’ going on which was a photographic exhibition on wildlife and nature. Actually I was able to click only one photo (of a bird catching fish in mid air) from this exhibition before which I was requested not to take photos of the exhibit photos!! Well, at least I got one to show you all.
Near the VOC Park, there is a childrens park and even a roller skating ground. So, if you are near Gandhipuram/ Stadium and you want to spend some quality time without going too far, the V.O.C park and zoo might be a very good option.