The thing about international zoos is you get to experience the animals in a much more intimate way. Can you imagine asking a caballero in a U.S. zoo if your kids can hop in his ox cart, pulled by Hercules and Sanson?
After the park closed, we noticed a keeper lovingly feeding the sloths. They're in an enclosure park visitors don't enter, but Scott asked if he could bring our little children inside to see them closer and not behind a fence. He said sure, and taught us how to feed them:
You have never seen such thrilled kids in your life. They will never forget it. However, the first time Mackenzie handed a piece of squash to Rocket, she wouldn't take it. The keeper said "Oh, Rocket doesn't like squash. Give her green beans." That worked and she appreciated it.
👆 She also seemed to appreciate a hand placed softly on her back.
The toucans were also very friendly and one flew into the keeper's arms for loves. But not into mine.
It seemed like we had a closer experience with the animals even when they were behind glass: