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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  • The zoo is huge, has many animals and birds, is well maintained, have good bathrooms (have to pay 5 pesos) the entrance is cheap, and there's a panda, was very exciting to see a panda for the first time.
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  • We visited early in the morning during the week and it was a great opportunity to see many of the animals close up. One highlight was the snow leopard who was happily have a good claw on his scratchin...  more »
  • Excellent choice for families and have fun watching the animals. The habitats of the animals are in very good condition, you can see that the animals are happy and healthy. Wear comfortable shoes, and arrive early when newly they are eating animals along and there aren't many people.
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  • The zoo was a decent size. We saw plenty of animals. I enjoyed myself overall. They have vendors outside the zoo and places to eat too. Oh if you go bring your own toilet paper!!! A bunch of the stalls didn't have any. As well as be prepared to pay for a WC (bathroom).
  • This is an amazing zoo! We spent a day here and saw many amazing creatures. My favorite was the pandas. We even ended up coming back later in the week because my boyfriend wanted to see more (and I wanted to see the pandas again). It's free to get into the zoo but plan on bringing some pesos to use the bathrooms. Outside there are lots of vendors and food options.
  • They need to start charging people to enter this zoo so they have more money for maintenance of this zoo. The animals look like they have been abandoned and don't get fed as much as they should. The animals definitely don't have enough space and look like they're really bored. Cleanliness can also be improved. There are a great mixed of animals here would be better if they start getting their act together and take care of these animals. The animals should definitely get more space to roam around and have toys / activities to keep them entertained. Please do the right thing for the animals
  • The closest and biggest zoo you'll find in Mexico City. Mixed emotions might be experienced here according to your personal experience on watching wild animals under captivity. Avoid resembling yourself into a megalopolis, these animals' suites are luxurious in contrast.
  • The zoo is magnificent in its seleccion of animals. Its free on weeekends. Never too crowded!

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