Memory by Mary
The day I went to Casela was one of the happiest days of my life. Probably just after my wedding day. No joke, no exaggeration. We got to interact with lions, cheetahs, Galapagos tortoises, and giraffes (this guy was HUNGRY), among many others. For an extra fee you can spend time being up close and personal with the big cats as well, which I definitely recommend! I'm aware that there is a dark underbelly to animal tourism and I probably should have done more due diligence before going, but I was so excited by the fact that I could touch a lion that I booked the tickets almost without thinking. On site the animals seemed relaxed and well looked after, and the wardens showed respect towards the animals' natural behaviour and whims. If a lion wanted to get up and walk away mid-photo, no one stops him. The wardens would wait until another is relaxed and ready before approaching, which were all encouraging signs. It was so heartwarming seeing the bond between the animals and their keepers - the cheetahs ran up to greet them like cats that gave a shit about their humans. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time I was there! But I digress. Please don't follow my example and actually do your research before participating in animal tourism. Don't let your love for animals contribute to their suffering!
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Royal Road, Cascavelle, Mauritius