When I was little, I was crazy about pandas. I had so many plush toys and illustrated books about these cute black and white bears.When I heard that Pairi Daiza, voted the most beautiful park and best zoo in Belgium, was welcoming two giant pandas, I knew I had to go there. The pandas have been there for almost a year, but I haven’t had the chance to visit until last Sunday… Unfortunately, the weather was quite awful, but I still managed to take some pictures, despite the rain.
Pairi Daiza is divided in 7 worlds dedicated to different ecosystems or cultures of the world, including the Immortal’s city where the pandas can be found.Everything is authentic over there, from the temples and pavilions to the paths of gemstones. They hired construction partners that came directly from Shanghai to maintain that respect for tradition. It is really “authentic” and very nice to visit ! It’s my favourite part of this theme park !
Hao Hao and Xing Hui are really cut and are not really shy. I spent some time over there, taking pictures of them… eating :D Pandas eat almost only bamboo, however, bamboo is not a food that contains a lot of protein and their digestive tract is not adapt to digest plants. Therefore, they only manage to extract 20 to 30% of their nutritive elements… So, that’s why they have to eat all day long !
They have very good teeth and they also have a sixth finger to be able to hold the bamboo tight. So I understand why pandas can be as dangerous as other bears… :-(
There are also other animals in this part, including red pandas, muntjacs, cranes and Chinese Alligators. But what is really striking in the Immortal’s city is the beauty of the gardens. They are so peaceful, you could easily spend hours over there.
The park is so big that it’s difficult to visit everything in one day ! We also visited briefly the part of the park dedicated to Africa.
This giraffe was acting really weirdly, the animal was licking the wood repeatedly. When I got home, I tried to find some explanations about this strange behavior. Apparently, it is known as a stereotypical animal behavior. A lot of suppositions are made concerning these behaviors since the biological cause is often not know, but people think it’s due to the frustration of natural behavior patterns… or brain dysfunction. It’s quite common in zoos, as animals get bored easily and start to develop OCD like liking walls or chewing their fur. It made me sad when I read about that…. but on the other hand, I found another explanation as well. They like to lick salty things and they need them in their diet… so people from the zoo rub salt on the wood pillar to provide mineral salts to the giraffe. I don’t know what’s the most plausible… I hope it’s the second reason. If someone knows more about it, feel free to share you knowledge ! :-)
This weekend, I’m going to Wales for a wedding, I hope the weather will be good ! Have a lovely weekend :-)