Zoologico de San Martin, Banos

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Learn more about native Ecuadorian species at Zoologico de San Martin, dedicated to the conservation of local animals and the rescue of wild creatures often improperly kept as house pets. Explore the large enclosures in the charming zoo, opened in the early 1990s, and view approximately 50 species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and fish. See the majestic Andean condor, the endangered spectacled bear, tapirs, capybaras, the Galapagos tortoise, as well as numerous other native species. Put Zoologico de San Martin on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Banos trip itinerary builder website .
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  • The San Martin ecozoológico presents a variety of mammals and birds of the Ecuador, many little views such as the spectacled bear, the tapir and the same condor. The area is very large, and interesting, important travel service of a guide, which usually are student interns, to have a better interpretation of the species.
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  • The facilities are too small for some of the animals and birds, especially the eagles, condors, bears and large cats. It was sad to see the condor walking in circles in a small enclosure. Also very sa...  more »
  • All kinds of animals that live in a natural setting, not in tiny cages. Beautiful parrots and white Tigers. Easy route. Very clean.
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  • The facilities are too small for some of the animals and birds, especially the eagles, condors, bears and large cats. It was sad to see the condor walking in circles in a small enclosure. Also very sad to see a big tiger and bear pacing back and forth in small enclosures. These animals need more space. Some visitors were banging on the glass of animal enclosures, throwing garbage into the animal enclosures and trying to feed the animals, and there were no staff anywhere stopping this behaviour. The only staff we saw were collecting fees at the entrance.
  • The zoo is located on a tall island carved out of a deep canyon. There are many stairs to climb. You get plenty of exercise viewing the exhibits and animals. The cost for adults is just $3.
  • It's definitely amazing ❤
  • This was an extremely distressing place in. 1989. The panther was sick, the cell was covered in diarrorea and vomit . The animal couldn't even be bothered escaping; quite an easy thing to do, considering the huge hole in the fence with only a few small ,thin wires holding it together (see pic) The cage for the Condor was so small, it could not even open its wings properly.
  • Its amazing to see the animals they rescue, the only downside is most animals just sit and do nothing all day.

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