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St. Maarten Zoo, Philipsburg
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Meet a host of brightly colored, tropical wildlife at St. Maarten Zoo, the largest zoological park in the Caribbean. Recently renovated receiving a new breath of life, the park houses an array of indigenous and tropical creatures, including ocelots, several species of monkey, macaws and peacocks. Walk through the giant avery with many species of beautiful bird overhead, or head to the reptile house to see rainbow boas, red footed tortoises and iguanas up close. Wander through luscious, shady gardens, discovering different animals at every turn. Don't miss the mosaic floored gift shop and concession for souvenirs and snacks and if you've got the kids, the pirate themed playground is the largest in St. Maarten. See St. Maarten Zoo and all Philipsburg has to offer by arranging your trip with our Philipsburg trip itinerary builder.
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Its a small zoo but perfect for small children as you can get close and touch the animals. Also get to see some exotic species and birds.
This is one thing that this island could have without. Wonder why the authorities have not closed this place down. Way too tiny and too see animals enclosed in such a very small cage only emphasis how... read more »
I loved feeding the Exotic Birds & monkeys. The birds are so gentle, as you go to feed them. Some will call you, by saying, "Hello", while others will move around their cage as you do. This is a nice ... read more »
Defently would recommend coming here it's a very good zoo and the cages are low on fences on some so you can get up close. The macaws are cool cause we got a few to talk for us and say hello and I think if I were to come and visit St. Maartin again I will defiantly come again!
This animal park is a great place to learn about animals found within the neotropics. After much hurricane damage over the years the zoo is finally transforming into the amazing park everyone knows it can be. The zoo staff are constantly at work finding ways to keep the animals happy, healthy, and entertained. Many wild animals like iguanas and peacocks roam freely throughout the premises and breakfast and lunch is also served. Great place for birthday parties as well. Love the SXM Zoo
S C Nylin Family
If the weather is nice, you can spend a very pleasant half day with kids at this local zoo. The path is pretty short (probably 20 minutes strolling) and features a large number of birds and reptiles. You can pet guinea pigs and feed tortoises and see iguanas and peacocks walking freely. At times they feed the goat or take out the boa constrictor. The playground area is large and well maintained. There is a cafe for refreshments and everyone was very friendly. There is not a lot of shade and they don't house animals who would not do well in the island weather, so the variety is not large. Check the website for events, we went during a celebration of endemic animals and my kids enjoyed the activities.
Great little zoo for a small island. Could use a little more animals but its definitely worth the visit!
The reason I'm excited about writing this review is b/c there was another women with her two children who was not happy with her experience. She arrived and left in about a quarter of our trip and spent half of that time with her children playing on the playground, shooing the male peacock away after they had spread crackers on the ground. She asked for a refund and was displeased about stepping in poo, (lol). Then was even less happy when I offered to pay for her. They didn't follow the path laid out and I could see that it was difficult for her to entertain her children (they were clearly not animal people). I hope this will be a helpful review for this zoo. Are you an "animal person"? Are you okay with a non-government funded facility? Are you okay with stepping around poop? Are you interested in interacting with animals vs. judging the state of the facility? I researched the reviews online, interested in taking my children (age 3 and 8) and wife on a morning stroll through the zoo (morning because I know that the animals are being fed and are usually more active). I was pleasantly surprised (most of the reviews I read were negative). My children are not "privileged" but we live near Washington DC, and the National Zoo is Free. If you need fancy, this is not it. But if you enjoy animals, it's fantastic! Example one: the monkeys held out their tale, when we touched it with our finger he clutched it and then threw his head backward, laughing. Example 2: the tortoises run wild, as do the Iguanas, and yes there may be some poo on the sidewalk, lol. I could go on but the facility was not big. We each kept track of our favorite animals and went back to visit them. If you're an animal person, you'll note that the monkeys and the Macaws remember you, especially if you interact with them. About a third of the facility was under construction, repair from the last hurricane (but what zoo isn't under construction?). There were three employees, more than likely all the facility can afford. The front desk man was an American. The caretakers were locals. I saw one of the local men preening one of the cockatoo's, not knowing he was being watched. The other caretaker watched us as we interacted with the animals, seemingly curious of our enthusiasm. The bathrooms were as clean as any on the island. Also, parking was not scary. To transverse the entire zoo it could take you as little as 20 minutes (following the signs and path that is laid out for you). My wife and kids and I were there for about two hours. We also didn't know that you get animal crackers to feed the animals. We came in after a bus and we didn't pay on the way in. On the way out I asked about it and I was happy to pay the 10US per adult and b/c of my honesty, the desk man didn't ask me to pay for my children. Thank you for reading and I hope your experience will be as pleasant as mine, but that is probably up to you!
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