Our fifth visit to the Al Ain zoo was with Jade yesterday. Our first visit was on National Day last year when unbeknownst to us all 400,000 inhabitants of Al Ain decided to go to the zoo as well. Our second visit was on a quiet day at dusk and we loved the experience - it's an awesome zoo. Third time was with Adam.
Fourth visit was with Brian a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we went at a dumb time - the middle of a hot day and we were in survival mode for the afternoon. The animals were also cowering in the shadows - even the african lions looked to be struggling a bit. As it turns out that was the last day before the summer opening hours - from 4pm till 10pm.
So we rocked up with Jade at about 4.30 with sun hats, sun umbrellas and water (and cameras) and spent an excellent three hours roaming around. The animals were much more animated this time (doncha love my cowering and animated puns!). Dusk is definitely the best time to visit.
Highlights are below including SWMBO's decision to go for the Raspberry slushy option which turned her blue (have you seen Avatar?).
Love and peace - Wozza