Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec, Mexico City

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Meet the inhabitants of Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec, one of the country's most visited zoos. Established in 1923, the zoo underwent significant refurbishments in 1992, and today has a collection of almost 2,000 animals representing 200 separate species. Tour the grounds, which organizes residents by bioclimatic zones rather than taxonomic groups. This choice better reflects how different species live side by side in nature, and creates a more natural experience for visitors, the animals, and scientists studying their behavior. Of particular note here is the zoo's successful giant panda breeding program. Before you head to Mexico City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mexico City trip planning app, to make sure you see all that Mexico City has to offer, including Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec.
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  • Park has 2 Pandas resident which makes up for many deficiencies. An old style zoo with big cats in cages, some in small habitats, exhibits seem to be fairly dirty, glass unclean so hard to see in...  more »
  • We went to the zoo today (Friday 6/11)& it was an enjoyable 2-2.5 hours. Some sections were closed off(maybe from “covid closure” in the past?🤷‍♀️) but I felt that for a FREE zoo, that I was very...  more »
  • This zoo is a joke. It is dirty, the animals have rashes on them and don’t seem well taken care of. To top it off the “Paqueteria” advertises $12 pesos to hold your bag but on weekdays - supposedly.....  more »
  • This ia a free park and zoo, you will have to stay the entire day to enjoy it in full. The zoo has a lot of animal features and activities. I was here some years ago and the animals did not look very well, I hope they improve on that. The zoo is usually crowded by noon time so is better to get there in the morning. Also, there are accesses for people with different capabilities.
  • I really battle with the idea of wild animals in captivity and small spaces like this zoo. On the other hand I understand the importance of what they do. I rank this with 5 stars because it's free to enter so no one is profiting from caged animals. Also, this zoo was the first to successfully breed giant pandas outside of China. This is important to the survival of the animals and I understand the educational value that zoo's offer so while I dislike seeing the animals in small spaces, I appreciate the educational side of zoo's and their role in preserving endangered animals.
  • Hands down the best zoo I've ever been to. It is free, which is amazing, and has a large variety of animals. Zoos usually make me feel a bit sad - seeing animals in captivity - but these animals all looked happy and healthy to me. They have well designed exhibits and lots of space. All of Chapultepec park is great but the zoo is a must-see!
  • the zoo is now open!!!!! it's free, well-designed, and you get to see some amazing stuff 💛make sure to check out the rest of the forest when you go, too!
  • Love this zoo. Always clean and the animals seem very taken care of. The butterfly exhibit is worth the extra cost. Entrance to the general zoo was free when we went and we walked around for about 2.5 hours (no kids). The restaurants were closed for repairs and it must have been a holiday because it was very empty which was really nice.

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