I know people have very mixed reactions to zoos and I know plenty of people who will not even visit them as a protest to captive animals. I get that. But I love to visit zoos in other countries because to me it tells me a lot about their culture. Locals here had told us that they do not like this zoo due to small habitats and poor conditions so our hopes were not too high. I nearly cried at a zoo in Japan once and Iran's treatment of caged animals was not more impressive than their reputation for human rights, let's just say. But if the conditions at this zoo were 'bad' then, well, the rest of the world might as well close down their zoos and call it a day.