Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Ho Chi Minh City

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Observe Indochinese tigers, leopards, and rare crested argus pheasants, or examine 20 different types of orchids at Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a large park that includes a World War I history museum and an educational conservation center. Established by the French and ranked the eighth oldest zoo in the world, the gardens house over 550 animals and more than 1,830 trees, which grow around numerous fish ponds. You can approach some of the animals to feed them, or admire as many as 260 plant species, with diverse cacti and bonsai zones providing some of the park's highlights. With great variety on offer, the gardens make a good spot for a family visit. Put Zoo and Botanical Gardens and other Ho Chi Minh City attractions into our Ho Chi Minh City travel route builder app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Shocked by the number of good reviews. Today in this zoo, animal conditions are terrible, dirty little corrals, etc. I enclose a photo of a bird with a beak and injury lion with SOS in look. About bird wanted to napisatt them to the post office, their website is not working, can at least see here.
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  • Money won. From the Zoo did a children's Park with lots of rides. For several years, the number of animals, overthrowing territory has sharply decreased. Sad. But beer can be bought.
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  • I loved every moment of my trip with my fiancée to Vietnam - apart from the hour and a half we took getting to and at this "attraction". We wanted to spend a bit of time in the gardens at an easy pace...  more »
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  • We went to the Zoo one day, just for some thing different. Its pretty run down and the standard of animal care would I suspect fall far short of European standards. Its a relic, a throw back but despite its limitations we enjoyed our visit. Some of the cages are like big bird cages which are quite attractive in their own right. They aren't very practical though. We watched baby monkeys squeezing out between the bars which were far too wide to keep them in. Some of the animals (the elephants in particular) swayed in that rhythmic way they do when they are completely bored. The Gibbons have a great trick. they let you get up close then throw Pooh at you, which they collect fresh from their bottoms. There are lots of Rats running around in the undergrowth, presumably living well on the spit food. But for all of this we found it a fascinating place to visit and you have to have a sense of proportion. Remember where you are.
  • Large variety of animals, but not very well maintained. Exhibits are definitely small, especially the elephant's (they seemed pretty stressed, 5 in a fairly small area) and big cat's . The trees are magnificent though! We got to have a close up encounter with some little monkeys, because they had some how escaped their exhibit and were being fed by other visitors...
  • Very beautiful gardens with some amazing mature trees! I say I'm not a fan of zoos and I don't like to support them but I went in search of a pocket of nature. There's a lot of magnificent animals to be seen here but couldn't help but feel that some of them are not feeling too happy and seem confined in small enclosures (ie. the elephants). Other than that (and I agree it's a biggie) it's a beautiful place to visit
  • For many western people it will be quite cruel to keep animals in such small cages. There are a lot of different animals. The place of the crocodiles is the best place to see. The white lions look very poor as they are no longer white but very dirty. There is free wifi here. This is a nice to bring children as they have many things for children to play with. Some strange trees.
  • A good range of animals and very good entry price. It's easy to get too, but some of the enclosures seemed a bit small or not well maintained. Also almost all of the cafes and kiosks were closed during my visit

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