Hello. I am just wondering whether there is anybody here who can recommend whether or not I ought to visit the zoo during a trip to Bucharest at the end of November/beginning of December. I love to visit a good zoo, but I equally would not want to visit a bad zoo. I think it's fair to say that Romanian zoos certainly used not to have a very good reputation, and that animal welfare in Romania was, until fairly recently, poor. However, I also understand that, especially since Romania joined the EU, this situation has been improving. I have read reviews of the zoo and looked at photos, but I just can't work out how good the zoo really is. I am assuming that it would not be up to the standard of Prague or Wrocław, but would it be comparable to, say, Budapest? Will there be naturalistic enclosures with enrichment activities? Or will I see depressed, stressed, and bored animals with stereotypy? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. I do always try to see zoos when I travel, but I tend to go with more of an idea of what to expect. When I visited Sofia I was advised that the zoo was not to be visited (this was in 2003). Strangely, to me, the people I met in Sofia said that the zoo was actually much better under the communist regime. I don't know whether the same was true in Romania, but from what I have read about Ceaușescu's fondness for shooting bears I assume that animal conservation and welfare were not high priorities for his regime.