Animal World at Emerald Resort

The Animal World at Emerald Resort in the Vaal is probably not its most popular attraction for families with children. That title would probably go to the Aquadome – a climate-controlled indoor water wonderland. But in my opinion, it is underrated.  With approximately 500 animals from over 80 species, it is worth a visit. Here are some photos from my visit.

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Animal World

We were welcomed by the Chilean flamingos near the entrance.

Chilean flamingos- Emerald

Chilean flamingos

We thought it was unusual that the goat and the hippo were in the same enclosure. We were amazed when we saw the goat jump onto the hippo’s back and the hippo seemed just fine.

Boerbok and Bubbles - goat and hippo Emerald

Boerbok and Bubbles

Then we saw this sign outside the enclosure.

Boerbok and Bubbles - goat and hippo Emerald

Boerbok and Bubbles – best friends

The white swans were enjoying a swim in the fine weather…

White swans - Emerald

White swans

and so were the black swans.

Black swans -Emerald

Black swans

We saw the iguana…

Iguana Emerald

Iguana

and the cute chipmunk.

Chipmunk Emerald

Chipmunk

The hippos, Romeo and Juliet, were stretching their jaws…

Romeo and Juliet hippos Emerald

Romeo and Juliet

and the wolves were restless.

Wolves Emerald

Wolves

We could hear the lion’s roars from the time we entered the Animal Word. And when we reached his enclosure, he was roaring almost non-stop. We later discovered that he had just lost his friend, Pico, who had died of natural causes. As he roared, I tried to calm him down with soothing sounds and it seemed to work temporarily.

Lion in mourning Emerald

Lion in mourning

 

We also saw a caracal, several different species of monkeys and birds , snakes, raccoons and more.

Animal World also offers game drives to see their giraffe, zebra and various other herbivores but since my ideal game drive usually involves cats and other fierce creatures, I decided to give it a miss.

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For more information, click here .

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