Call me insane but I visited the Werribee Zoo on Labour Day in the 35 degree heat. It was not easy to transition from the cooling comfort of the 5 star Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park to the dry and dusty grounds of an African-esque savannah. The trip was so worth it though, and the extreme heat only made the experience more authentic. It was my second safari bus tour, but the tour guide taught me new things (did you know that the giraffe’s muscular heart is about 60-70 cm long! In order to circulate blood up its elongated neck and to the rest of its body? Or that Przewalski horses are now extinct in the wild so the only chance you can see them is in zoos? Or that an emu is really just a giant bird wearing lipstick and tights? Ok the last one was not so scientific…). Despite the heat, I’m so grateful to see all the amazing creatures sun-baking. Now I know why they were eyeing off my hat…
The Werribee Zoo has a special place in my heart because I went to vet school just around the corner for 2 years. So when I drive down the M1 freeway, wonderful memories of uni friends and our shenanigans come to mind. I cannot believe that I’ve only just visited the zoo this year! You can come centimetres close to commanding carnivores and visit the herbivores in their backyard via your own car or an educational safari bus tour. Seeing them nestling and resting in the sunshine makes me wonder just who has the better lifestyle… In our digital age, it’s wonderfully relaxing to spend time with wild animals. So if you’re heading to Werribee Zoo, don’t forget these stylish essentials:
1. A Hat: you can cap it, visor it, or wide-brim it. You could wear the gold standard: the round hat with a tie under your neck, or if you actually care about your appearance, then I’ll let you in my secret. To prevent this straw number from joining the zoo, I simply asked the lovely café ladies for an elastic band to be placed on top of the hat.
2. Sunglasses. There’s only one rule. The bigger the better. Think Jackie O. They not only help shade you from the enthusiastic sun but also the dust on the bus.
3. A bag with a strap or handle. My dear stylistas, clutches are not created for the zoo. You may forget them and it would be wrong to see the animals wearing leather…I chose a straw bag for obvious thematic reasons, and I’m not worried about it getting dusty or dirty. Plus if I did leave it behind, it may be a delicious treat for the vegetarian animals.
4. Comfortable shoes: Since my feet slipped into these Tom Gunn Bordeaux leather sandals a few weeks ago, I’ve been finding it difficult not to take them everywhere. They were my sole saviours walking around the vast zoo grounds.
And last but not least, plenty of sunscreen and a constant marvel for splendidly-designed creatures!
So animal-lovers, do you know if the photo above is that of a cheetah or a leopard?
[spoiler title=”中文版”]前几天我在炎热的天气下拜访了Werribee野生动物园。从Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park旅馆的空调环境到非洲式，干燥的野外不容易。但非常值得，因为那极端的高温带给我们更真实的体验。这次是我第二次坐野生动物园巴士，但导游又教了我新的知识。你知不知道长颈鹿的心脏有60-70厘米长？因为它得将全身的血液流上它超长的头颈。你是否知道Przewalski马已经灭绝了？因此你只能在动物园里看见它们。你知不知道鸵鸟是只穿着连袜裤和涂着口红的大鸟？：）尽管天气闷热，我很高兴看到那么多动物享受在阳光下的休息。现在我才知道为什么它们一直盯着我的帽子……
我特别爱Werribee野生动物园因为在大学读兽医的时候我曾在Werribee 校园住过二年。所以每当我开车上M1高速公路时，许多校园的回忆很深刻地返回。真不敢相信今年我才第一次来游览野生动物园。你能靠近食肉动物，通过自己的汽车在草食动物的 “后院”里参观它们，或登上教育性的野生动物园观光巴士。看到他们在太阳下休息，让我不知道到底是它们还是我们谁拥有更好的生活方式…在我们的忙碌生活中，与野生动物一起放松对我们身体调整好有帮助。如果你前往Werribee野生动物园，不要忘了这些时尚的必要：