Philip's Animal Garden, Noord

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Animal lovers especially will appreciate a visit to Philip's Animal Garden. The non-profit zoo takes care of abandoned or injured exotic animals and operates entirely off of money generated from tours and donations; all funds are used for the animals' needs. Take a tour of the zoo and rehabilitation center for an educational experience, where you'll meet animals from all over the world. Interact with the residents, touch or feed them, and meet the zoo's cows, camels, monkeys, deer, and other friendly creatures. Plan to visit Philip's Animal Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Noord attractions using our Noord itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We knew it was a little zoo-like setting and figured it would give us a quick stop to do something different other than the beaches. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of it. They had a lot of ani...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Took our three kids - they loved feeding the animals (they provide a bag of food upon entry and give instructions on how and who to feed). Its small, you can do it all in under an hour easily. Probabl...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Lots of animals and opportunity to see them up close and even feed them. Ostriches and camels are my favorite.
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  • April 22, 2017
    Visited this "sanctuary" 3 years ago when Philip was only taking donations. Went back this year and was charged, which is obviously not at all a problem. The problem my boyfriend, sister, her friend and myself had and will always have with this place is the care of the animals. While walking near the parrots, one parrot was on the floor laying on its side. Would not get up or respond to me, it took me 10 minutes to find an employee and explained the condition of the bird to him. He told me the bird was probably sleeping... really? On the floor?? When I brought him to the cage he then said "oh actually the bird might be dead"... Where are the employees and how long was the bird on the floor of the cage before I arrived? I was truly so upset to see this at a sanctuary... The bird was clearly very ill, and was barely breathing, the employee took him out of the cage and brought him somewhere, the bird did not even have the strength to move at all. How did this even escalate to this point? I live part time in Aruba and I use to brag about this place and tell so many people who visit Aruba to support Philip and his cause. This unfortunately has turned in to what looks more like a zoo. At the back of the "sanctuary" there is a caged wild cat. Who paces the cage back and forth multiple times... with almost little to no light entering the cage at all. This is not the sign of a healthy animal, it's the sign of an animal who is plagued with anxiety... probably from the living conditions. This place breaks my heart and it's so sad to see this going on.
  • June 6, 2017
    Very interesting place to visit! The money goes towards the animals, same with any extra dontations. You can pet some animals, most are really friendly, but you mostly just go around and feed them . It's exciting to feed so many exotic animals, and this is a much more "raw" experience then a zoo if you have children .
  • June 15, 2017
    My granddaughter loved feeding the animals. Cute little zoo. Highly recommend this for the children. Didn't mind paying the $10 admission cuz out goes toward the care of the animals.
  • May 31, 2017
    Although this isn't a fancy zoo, it is a very friendly little petting zoo off the trodden path in Aruba. The staff was great, especially Mimi!
  • March 7, 2017
    A great place to go, it is only $10 to get in, but they give you some food to feed the animals and there is a lot to see. Everything from large mammals, to birds, to reptiles. I was a little hesitant to pay the entry fee just looking at it, but its a lot larger than it looks and definitely worth the money.

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