This time, we spent quite a while with the seals -- as Simon explained to me, these were different from the seals we'd seen in Punta Nimfas, as one could tell by the proboscis.
The hairy beast greatly enjoyed this treat, carefully unwrapping the delicacy from its skin before devouring it. In the end, she ate the wrapper, too!
We lamented the fact that there was only one Orangutan in the enclosure... she seemed bored. Why not have several? There appears to be a lot of building restoration going on in this old zoo, but little focus on animal welfare and mental health. That alone would be a reason to improve ones Spanish, so that one could find out more, and write letters advocating for the animals there.
There are many things I love about the BsAs zoo -- it's a haven of greenery in the midst of an often overwhelmingly concrete city; it's a smallish, accessible zoo that brings humans and animals in close proximity; I love how close visitors can get to the animals, it's a real experience. And the crumbling buildings on site offer a glimpse into the city's rich historical architecture and the evolution of zoos in particular.
But increasingly, I wonder about the health of the animals, and where on the Zoo's (and the city's) list of priorities that lies.