A Portuguese acquaintance once very accurately described the central zoo in Portugal. It’s great. And very expensive.

You have to pay more than 40 euros for a couple with a child. It’s scary to imagine how much a family trip will cost.

Although there is a metro station named after the zoo, getting lost on theay out of the subway is very easy.

Be guided by the animal graffiti on the walls below the bridge. Once you pass them, all that remains is to cross the road, finding yourself surrounded by peacocks walking nearby.

There is a free walking area at the entrance to the zoo. Here it’s as if specifying: can you watch the crocodiles here for free and sit in the cafe by the fountain?

But my eyes cling to the atmospheric cableway that passes over the area, and my legs are already carrying me to get the tickets.

The workers at the entrance are very nice. One of them sprays protective sunburn cream. You don’t just pay 40 euros for nothing.

Good Portugal decided not to waste time with fish after the recent trip to the oceanarium and went straight to the animals. The first thing you see is the dolphinarium, where they have a show. It seems to be at 11:00, 2:30, and 4:30 pm.

The zoo area is prominent, and you can walk around it in its entirety. Beneficial is the map given at the entrance. The animals are not strictly divided into zones and replace each other without a clear order. It is more interesting to look at them that way.

The terrarium and monkeys are located separately. The first one has an endless variety of turtles that swim so close to the visitors that you can easily pick one of them in your pocket.

The reptiles with long necks stand out in particular: some snakes in a shell.

Very cool enclosure of monkeys: in the spirit of African reserve. Note that even the fence is done in the style of a natural environment.

The funniest part starts near the giraffes. They have such thoughtful eyes as if they understand perfectly what’s happening.

And while the lion catches the depression, the giraffes pose for onlookers and lounge around with each other. Extremely selfish.

There are a lot of animals here — even rare giants like elephants or rhinos – several at a time.

Challenging to see except hippos. They dive under the water and hide from the heat, surfacing from time to time and causing a risk of heart attack to those around them. Here, see the two dark mounds in the middle of the lake?

You can find an exciting place on the park’s far side — a pet cemetery. Logically, there should be dead residents, but judging by the tombstones, only cats and dogs are buried.

It is a very unusual place, but the impressionable should not go in. In the mid-20th century, an English bulldog was first buried here, after which the cemetery grew for decades. You could get homesick.

Over the zoo territory, old cabins, which fly right over the animals’ cages, roll! Wiggling at the next turn, anxiously waiting to find yourself above the lions’ enclosure. If you happen to be so, go to the elevator.

After such a ride, you start to forget all the complaints about the high price tag. In addition, you can compensate for the expenses by buying a Francesinha at a local cafe. After all, it is too huge to eat alone.

You can visit the animals here:

Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado, 1549-004 Lisboa