Ranked #23 of 27 attractions in Willemstad
Originally this was a natural rainwater reservoir. During World War II, Dutch and American marines and soldiers used the area...
Originally this was a natural rainwater reservoir. During World War II, Dutch and American marines and soldiers used the area to do vehicle maintenance. There was always abundance of water in the area that’s why around the 1940’s trees and plants were cultivated and the park was known as "Plantentuin" (botanical garden). In the fifties in addition to the trees and plants, animals from different privately owned collections were exhibited. The area became a very popular site. The exotic/tropical animals became an attraction for the young and old. After years the area changed from botanical garden to a zoo. A zoo popularly called Parke Tropikal. Parke Tropikal is owned by the government of the island of Curaçao. The government installed in 2000 a foundation with the sole function to manage the zoo. The foundation is called Fundashon Parke Tropikal.