There are many perks to being a big sister. One of which is that you can treat your little sisters. Another one, is that you may be mistaken as your little sister's 'Mam'. But more on that another time.
Earlier this month I took the little one on a day out to Dublin Zoo. I hadn't been in at least 7 years, and in that time, Dublin Zoo has radically changed. The African Plains now bring the giraffes as close to you as Fota Wildlife Park does. The gorillas have their own island. The sea lions can be seen from underwater.
The changes are positive; increasing the animal's spaces and recreating their natural habitats as much as possible.
And some things never change - the meerkats, tapirs, and orangutan's were exactly where I remembered them, and my favourite silverback gorilla was still roaming around.
As historians, we were both really interested in the History of Dublin Zoo signs that were scattered around the site. They brought some context to the evolution of zoos in the 1800s, and displayed just how much animal welfare has changed in the last 50 years. (See, chimpanzee tea parties, elephant rides for kids, and a bear pit).
4 hours of our Saturday were spent eating ice cream, finding our favourite animals, watching the chimps feeding, and deciding what to purchase from the gift shop.
Here's our photo album: