*Please note, this article was written years before I did more research about Lujan Zoo. I would not return again, unless Lujan Zoo became a conservation center as I do not support animal tourism.*
Yesterday a group of us decided to take a trip to the Lujan Zoo – the world’s most dangerous & controversial zoo! Although I typically don’t enjoy zoos, I was drawn to Lujan because I heard that you get to touch the animals. It’s true! The zoo’s located about 2 hours outside of Buenos Aires City, and the zoo is extremely dingy, but being able to go into the cages made it totally worth the trip. Tigers have been my favorite animals since I started Tae Kwon Do when I was six and we were told to have “tiger eyes.” To be able to finally pet a tiger was unbelievable; they are such beautiful creatures.
Not only did we pet tigers, but lions, baby lions, camels, and elephants as well. The lions were huge, the baby tigers were cute, the camels were smelly, and the elephants were adorable. Feeding a baby bear was definitely a highlight, as well as the elephants trunk wrapping around my arm. All in all, Lujan was a really cool experience – surely an experience that most people don’t get to have!