Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario), Merida

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In the style of the mid-20th century, Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario) offers a fun and educational pastime both for kids and their parents. Walk around the large park and see all kinds of animals, some of them endangered in the wild, including the rare white tiger. Go early if you want to avoid crowds and high temperatures. You don’t have to pay for tickets, only for the train ride across the park, during which you can get close to the fences and take a closer look of the animals. The park has a shaded kids’ playground for the youngest members of the family. You can also grab some food and drink onsite. Plan to visit Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario) during your Merida vacation using our convenient Merida trip itinerary planning site .
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  • This Zoo is a tradition in the city of Mérida has a large number of animals and recreational areas in which you can relax a moment or spend some quality time. This zoo is an excellent choice for families with small children or people looking for something different to malls or just to learn a traditional place in this beautiful city.
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  • It is a local attraction area, most of the cats that many were collected from ancient circuses that abandoned them after the prohibition of the use of wild animals in them. By the giraffe and hippopotamus are few zoos that has been reproduced offspring, it is considered that they are meeting the minimum requirements for satisfactory reproduction which is a consequence of the welfare of the animals. The rest of the species is native species and have the function to be studied and evaluated by a group of veterinarians of the State according to maintain its healthy ecosystem. It also has a discreet show of wild and local Flora. In general it is a ride that children enjoy very much and you can take from 2 to 6 hrs with patience and calm. Suitable for all ages including babies and people of third age. Very affordable for any budget. Please bring your own beverage and required special diet or healthy food as take it.
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  • If you are looking for a nice family outing that will not cost much, this is the place. I was very surprised at the size of the park, and the wide range of animals found at the zoo. There are small am...  more »
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  • Can spent couple days here. The zoo and the tiny aquarium are free. They also have playground and water fountain for kids to play in, and during weekends, pony rides and carousel. Also, a tiny train thAt runs around the park.
  • Why aren't there more 1 stars? Better yet, why is this place even operational? The animals are in inhumane conditions. Such small cages and even multiple big animals in one small cage. I've seen bad zoos but this is basically a road side zoo for humans to stare at mistreated animals. I hope someone rescues the animals and shuts down the zoo for good.
  • Lions, tigers, hippos etc it's free ,animals seemed well looked after... Only silver back gorilla was pacing angry looking. The flamingos fascinating.
  • Best place ever! Good food prices. Lots of variety :) People need to understand this is a local Zoo and it's down town. It has what a zoo takes.
  • Super fun place to take kids; half zoo and half park. You can get really close to the animals, which is a great way to get people interested in them. However, this is because they have small enclosures with what looks like little to do. I did see several staff working on upkeep and maintenance, though. Also, it's free!

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