So yesterday I went to Bristol zoo with my boyfriend and I loved it! The weather was just right and the animals were adorable. I am a bit of an OTT animal lover – do not get me started on how much I love cats – so when my boyfriend mentioned he had bought tickets for the zoo, I just about died of excitement. Now that I have started a fashion/beauty blog, I had to actually think through my outfit for the day as I knew I would want to write a blog about my amazing experience.
For my outfit, I went with a casual summer look. You can probably see my love for black, even in the Summer, again through this outfit. The dress is a black skater dress with a sort of dark grey snake print pattern on it. I bought it from my local Topshop outlet last year for a bargain of £8. I think it might be my favourite summer dress as it is flattering on and really comfortable for those humid days. I then paired my cleated heeled sandals from New Look with the dress. I have to admit, this was a poor choice for a day of walking round the zoo; my feet were in agony by the end of it! I also wore my recently blogged about Primark satchel as it was black and not too big; my boyfriend carried the food and drink in his backpack so I did not need a huge bag. I originally just set out in just my dress but the light cloud made me quite chilly so I stole my boyfriend’s Topman denim shirt to put over. It ended up actually going quite well with my look so thanks Jamie. For my accessories, I went with my favourite Primark shades and a New Look statement necklace.
Now for the main reason I went to the zoo… the animals! My favourites had to be the adorable lemurs. Ever since I was young, I have been near enough obsessed with lemurs and raccoons – I think it might have something to do with their gorgeous tails. So, with my obsession in my mind, I dragged my boyfriend to the feeding and talk in the lemur enclosure and it was the absolute best. At Bristol zoo, you can walk through the lemur enclosure so they were literally right in front of me, running on the path for the vegetables and cuddling in a ball together. The crowned lemurs were also pretty adorable. There were two of them and they just stayed in the tree tops, trying to steal the ring-tailed lemur’s food.
I also enjoyed the other animals a lot as well. We went to the seal and penguin enclosure and got lucky enough to catch a small feeding session. The seals were so much more louder than I can remember from previous zoo experiences. I found it pretty hilarious seeing them waddle around and jump in and out of the water for the zoo keepers; they even all went mad just seeing a group of zoo keepers walk past, thinking that they had food on them. My boyfriend’s favourites were the penguins, I think he is a bit obsessed with them to be honest – but penguins are adorable so who blames him?!
We also went to see many other animals, too many to obviously write about. I enjoyed the monkey section, meerkat enclosure and the “feed the lorikeets” section. The spider monkeys were cute, with one of them just chilling on the fence looking at us all. They probably find it as interesting looking at us as we do looking at them.
The meerkats were so sweet. When we went up to their enclosure, one of them ran right up to the fence and put his little feet on the glass, basically saying hello! And there was another one who was sat on the bubble dome, which you can put your head in, looking as pleased as punch.
Finally, the lorikeets were so fun. I paid £1 for two pots of food so that I could feed them. You had to hide the pots until you were behind a yellow line as they swooped you the moment they saw that you had food for them. I ended up with two of the beauties on each arm and I loved it. I have to admit, it wasn’t as fun as it was when I did it at Longleat as these ones seemed a bit more wary. When I did it at Longleat, I had about 10 on me at one time – with one on my head! The Bristolian lorikeets were clearly more well-mannered!
It was such a fun day out and was actually pretty cheap! We bought our entry tickets online and, with student discount, they were only £12.50, so cheap considering the amount we got to do and experience. Travelling from Cardiff was pretty long but it was so worth it. I had an amazing time and am so glad that I went. If you’re in the area, then I would definitely recommend a visit as it is a lovely experience and so enjoyable, especially on a beautiful summer day.