Hope Zoo Jamaica -- December 30, 2012
|Front entrance under construction|
You will not recognise the entrance to Hope Zoo, it is being completely redesigned. As the zoo operator prepares the property to welcome more animals, the transformation continues with improvements to the picnic areas and also to the animal enclosures.
I have to say that a big part of the enjoyment of the gardens is that the view includes the prospect of the undisturbed hills behind it. The exquisite view from Hope Zoo is a backdrop of verdant mountainside. If any development is allowed there, that view will be lost forever. This view, in my opinion, should be considered by Jamaicans as part of the Hope Gardens experience, and be protected from construction development such as a housing estate. I reflect that the several areas of the Tuscany region of Italy that inspired Michaelangelo and other Renaissance artists, are protected and can still be enjoyed in their pre-industrial age condition today.
|Kiosks by parking lot are now closed|
What made this visit special is that the person behind the renovations was, as usual, on site monitoring all activities and greeting his guests. The greatest thrill was when he invited all the small children in our group in his golf cart and took them on a short ride. It was greatly appreciated by all of us Mr Benjamin, and your hospitality made this trip special for this reason.
|The Happy Monk|
|Original concrete lions are relocated|
I am also pleased that the tradition of peacocks roaming free has returned. GH