Zoologico Nacional de Chile, Santiago

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At Zoologico Nacional de Chile you can see animals from all over the world without leaving the heart of Santiago. The zoo houses exotic creatures from all corners of the globe, such as elephants, zebras, leopards, and even kangaroos. Catch the funicular up the hill to reach the zoo, where you'll have to buy a separate entrance ticket. Impassioned animal lovers might feel that many of the larger creatures are kept in inappropriate, undersized enclosures. Zoologico Nacional de Chile is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Santiago Edition.
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  • I thought the bad access, many stairs, Zoo is uphill, in the middle of a mountain, so you may need to access ramps or stairs to walk around the cages. In addition, was dirty and I found the small enclosures for animals. The city of Santiago deserved to pay more attention to your Zoo and seek an alternative to a new location.
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  • We went walking of course, and I believe the animals were quite unhappy, its habitat is inadequate for the needs of these and with the heat, the animals are looked worse.
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  • For sure worth visiting this place, incredibly interesting open-air cages for animals, the zoo itself is located on a mountain and turned stairs as though levels and you can often see and above and below. I got a lot of pleasure from walks and all I wish. I liked Navy Seal, penguins, llamas, yes they are all cool outgoing and very active.
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  • Bad infrastructure for the visitors and the animals. Small and dirty cages, really loud with no control of the amount of people that can go in at once. No place to sit down if you are tired and the bathrooms are a joke. Easily one of the worst zoos in South America. It should be shut down. Avoid coming here.
  • Murdering 2 beautiful big cats just because one suicidal maniac decides to go into their enclosure 2 die!!!! You are supposed to protect these beautiful animals not kill them. That imbecile decided he wanted to die you should have do everything to protect the lions not him. Disgraceful you should be brought to justice for doing this you are a disgrace and these beautiful animals deserved better 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
  • Conditions for the animals- disgraceful. Tiny spaces. The zoo is in bad condition. I honestly was disgusted at the upkeep of the zoo in general and the quality of life of those poor animals 😯😟
  • Nice zoo, lots of animals, nice funicular, impresive top view of the Andes Mountains where you can realise the big size of these mountains. Lots of food trucks with autentic local treats and souvenirs.
  • The view is stunning and the park is ok.But in general its not enough space at all for the animals. Cages are to small or the area not wide enough. How it could be on a little mountain.

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