Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque, Santa Cruz de Yojoa

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  • We visited Joya Grande Zoo with the kids and they had a really good time, the animals seems to be properly cared and fed because they look good. The only thing you should consider is the food because ...  more »
  • I do have to say this was a beautiful trip for me and my family there was a lot to do we went horseback riding and enjoyed the swimming pools. The best thing that I saw was the Tigers and the Lions th...  more »
  • I read the other reviews, and went with an open mind. This zoo is a wonderful attraction and a great place for families. Lots of animals (especially Lions and Tigers). Like all zoos, we know the anima...  more »
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  • Well, the story goes that this zoo belonged to some drug lords, the government took it from them and they kept it open as per the people request, the charge is pretty cheap and you pay in Honduras money. If you're are in San Pedro Sula, it's like an hour and a half away, once you get off the highway the road becomes a little rough, you'll love the view and the people that live around it. Go comfortable and bring water, you'll be doing a lot of walking. Now, the animals here you'll only see them on TV or in this zoo, I mean they have animals that you only see at the Zahara, , Africa, Rocky Mountains, really exotic animals, like the white tiger, camels (at least 3 different types), hippopotamus, zebras, giraffes, tigers, lions, buffalo, dear, wilder beast, Pony Horses, Lots of Macaw with different colors and sizes, Peacocks walking around and in trees, panthers, cougars, I mean a lot of different and exotic animals. It seems since the government took over, the animals conditions are not the best according to the locals, this is a place for you to go and see the animals, don't expect much attention, they have kids area with pool and a few restaurants.
  • The Zoo Joya Grande (which stands for Big Jewel), lives up to its name. The access to the zoo is quite complicated and tiring, since you have to drive between 40 to 60 min in a narrow dirt road in bad condition. The best rout to get to the zoo is by Santa Cruz the Yojoa Town, and not by the recommendation of Google Maps (since that route, although is the shortest, it lacks of informative signs and the road is accesible only for 4x4 vehicles with 4WD. Once you get to the zoo, the tortuous trip is for got ten, as the facilites and entertainment are quite nice (I can take the courage to compare it with a Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but Honduras' version). The entrance to the zoo is US$ 10 for adults, US$ 8 for seniors, US$ 5 for children (5 to 11 years old), and children under 5 years is free. And yes, you can pay with Creditcards. There are many types of animals to see: ostrich, hippopotamus, tigers, lions, camels, birds, reptiles, etc. The zoo is no longer supported by the Honduras goverment. So the visitors entrance payment is the only support the zoo has for the maintenance and care of the animals. The Zoo Joya Grande deserves a 5 stars rating, but the conditions of access, make it get a 4 stars rating.
  • Relatively few animals but a lot of tigers born many of them in the zoo specially the white tigers, precious animals. And after you finish watching the animals, go to the pool, refreshing...!!!
  • Exelent zoo
  • Great Zoo, but not easy to get to.