Do French Baboons Speak English?

Need a foolproof plan for a nice *Familienausflug? The zoo is a great way to spend the day with the family that you can always bank on. After all, what’s better than fresh air, funky monkeys, and a long walk through confusing pathways to bring a family closer together? If you find yourself in Southwest Germany, Luxembourg, or Eastern France looking for just such an activity, the place you want to go is Zoo d’Amnéville near Metz, France.

The Zoo d’Amnéville is a 17-hectare (42-acre) zoo that opened in 1986 in Amnéville, near Metz, in France. The zoo is home to some 2000 animals representing about 360 species, and is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and theWorld Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (Wikipedia)

That’s just what we did a few days ago, and it was in fact a very nice day. It’s always interesting to take in the animals of the world, and as an added bonus my brother-in-law got to use his newly acquired (and self-admittedly limited) French to buy everyone some ice cream and nickname my father-in-law “the sheep” (le mouton) for the day. That’s a long story, but suffice it to say almost all of our trips together result in some kind of inside joke. Here are some pictures from our day at Zoo d’Amnéville…..

There’s no glass?!?!?! Oh wait, it’s stuffed

The waterfalls at Tiger World….

The gorilla cage….


Man are these guys huge!


The funky monkey…

Just hanging around

Furry little guys are the best…..

And the kangaroos aren’t bad either….

The llamas were trusting……

Apparently I’m not the only one my wife has eating out of her hand



The obligatory elephant picture….

My sister-in-law’s favorite animal in the whole world…..


Have you even seen a giraffe lay down? Neither had we until this day


A white tiger….

….and a white lion

So, after a long day of wandering through the zoo, we had some High Tech French Fries before using the opportunity to stop by the Talange outlet mall for some shopping before calling it a day. I never got the chance to find out if the baboons understood English though, bummer.

*Familienausflug = Family Day Trip

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