Today we went on an 'excursion' to Taman Safari just a couple of hours outside of Jakarta. Steve, Steve, Deemer, Emilee and I loaded up in 2 cars and headed out of the city through 'real indonesia' aka slums and rubbish-covered-roads up the hills to the safari. Along the roads leading up to the entrance, children and women of all ages sold heaps of carrots and bananas too feed the animals. After Deemer was accused of being a cheap bastard (only to later find out he way overpaid) we were loaded with treats for the animals.
The place was unreal. Animals would stick their heads inside the windows - including critters with BIG horns and sharp beaks. We drove through different areas to see all sorts of animals – zebras, llamas, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest, lions, tigers, leopards, hippos (yes, we touched the ass of a hippo), and all sorts of deer-like critters.
|oh hey there!|
|wasn't too much of a fan of this guy|
|steve's gorilla feet with some of our bananas|
After the driving part, we headed to the more zoo-like area. Stepped out of the car to find elephants casually wandering the yards where you could walk up and play with them. a dream come true! (even better than the whole elephant ride/encounter in Zimbabwe)
|little wink from a cheeky owl|
Then proceeded to the 'baby zoo' area where we could play with all sorts of baby critters – lions, leopards, white tigers, orangutans, and a big (non baby) bengal tiger.
|the lions were a favorite|
|this little guy just didn't want to be held. his cries and growls were a little off-putting|
|picture perfect steve + tiger|
|mom, i want a baby orangutan PLEASE|
|steve getting the perfect ball shot|
|squirmy little leopard|
Even after all of this, we hadn't even seen any shows yet. We opted out of the dolphin (yes, dolphins! this place has everything!) show to grab some lunch. But we did catch the tiger show where a flimsy barrier held encircled the 3 tigers and trainers. The strong smell of gasoline, funny music, and strange sites made us all feel a bit high and out of place. But it was a good show.
|birds of prey area where they're all attached to stumps|
|an eagle owl or something|
We wandered through the rest of the uncrowded sites and stumbled upon two baby orangutans and one larger, older girl nearby. For forever we just sat and played with the fellas. TOO CUTE! They were so smart and very human-like. Steve read their palms (they're going to have long, prosperous lives) and gave them reflexology. The other Steve befriended the older girl and the two of them became inseparable. We figured out he doesn't need a girlfriend or anything, just an orangutan. It was an
afternoon day I'll never forget!
|how could you resist that look!|
|steve's new best friend|
And to top off such a great day, we had mexican for dinner! First bit of realish mexican food in 6 months and boy have i missed it. And we finally ended the night at a dance club. It was all too great dancing our asses off with bosses twice our age.