View local animals as well elephants, tigers and zebras at Puerto Rico’s only zoo.
The Mayaguez Zoo, open since 1954, is a leader in conservation efforts in Puerto Rico. The 45-acre (18-hectare) site is home to creatures from all continents, and features an extensive collection of local animals. This zoo is a leader in conservation efforts, with a number of programs dedicated to endangered species. A visit here is a worthwhile experience for families, animal lovers and those wanting to learn about the wildlife of the Caribbean.
Pick up an audio guide as you enter the zoo to learn about the animals you are seeing. These tours are available in English or Spanish and there is a child specific version. The Mayaguez Zoo is an excellent attraction for families with young children and many of the exhibits catere to a younger audience. Enclosures are located close together and are well sign posted, making your visit relaxing.
The stars of the zoo are the African animals, including lions, tigers, elephants and zebra. The zoo also welcomed two new giraffe in 2008 rounding out their impressive collection from the continent. Surround yourself with butterflies in the arthropod and butterfly house, one of three specialty areas at the zoo. Be sure to check out the aviary and the amphibian and reptile house as well. All three exhibits have a limited capacity and a guide accompanies visitors.
The Mayaguez Zoo is located in Mayaguez, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Visitors staying in town can reach the zoo on foot or by taxi. There is no public transportation in the area. You can also reach the zoo by car and there is ample parking available for a small fee. The facility is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and there is a modest admission fee.