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Mayaguez Zoo, Mayaguez

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The only zoo in Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Zoo was established in 1954 and now houses over 340 animals originating from many continents. Recently renovated to include an aviary, reptile, arthropod and butterfly house, the zoo's mammal residents include lions, giraffes and hippos. Reviews have been varied so check before visiting, in recent years the facilities have been improving. Take plenty of water and snacks, as there are no refreshment facilities. Plan your visit to Mayaguez Zoo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mayaguez tour itinerary planner.
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  • The animals in the Zoo are hungry and in poor health. The maintenance of the Zoo is very poor. No veterinarian around the clock to take care of the animals, no medicines and not sufficient food for th...  more »
  • I have visited the Mayaguez Zoo periodically over the past 20 years. From my experience, the conditions of the zoo have deteriorated steadily. From what I understand, the managers of the zoo have very...  more »
  • Literally felt like we walked into Jurassic Park. There were tons of animals walking the paths and the staff were fantastic!  more »
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  • I don't know who says it's a 45 acre zoo. It seems more like 20 acres. It's pretty small and a lot of the animals seem like they don't have enough space. Maybe they can also use the unseen 20 acres to give the animals more space. It doesn't seem like there was much effort to make the space more natural to them (like the shortage of vegetation). The animals looked bored and depressed. There was a lack of intellectual stimulation. The bear enclosure was set up so the bear could only walk on rocks and some of the bird cages didn't have much space either. Quite a few empty enclosures. The butterfly exhibit was nice but the insect exhibit was really dark and some areas smelt musty. Also, the bathrooms didn't even have paper towels. I hope someone of importance reads this and can put more love into this zoo. It seems like it needs more people working there who have a real passion for animals.
  • Great experience! A lot better than I expected and also the entrance fee has been lowered to 16 bucks for adults. Guides are very kind. You need 3 hours to experience it fully. A must do!
  • We enjoyed our visit! I've read some negative reviews before we got there but I couldn't really understand that. The zoo was well planned, in a quite good shape and they had a lot to show. The kids learned a lot and really liked it! :) The only negative thing was that they didn't have any kind of restaurant or Cafe to buy food (at least this time of year).
  • One of the best zoos I have visited, on par with San Francisco or the Bronx. You can tell the buildings are a bit dated, but the habitats are nice and animals appear well cared for.
  • Nice ambiance. Famliy place good restrooms. Cute shop

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