Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico)

Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico)

Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico)
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Kimberley
London, UK54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The park as a whole was nice to walk about. The zoo wasn't nice, very small cages for the animals, the big cats are all overweight. They even had a hippo who's enclosure was so small it was very upsetting. There is also a small museum type building full of taxidermy, which was very strange. The bontanical Gardens weren't bontanical Gardens.
Written March 2, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,281 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Having been to all capitals of South and Central America (except Caracas) I must admit that the generally not unpleasant city of Asuncion is also one of the greenest towns in this part of the world. I especially enjoyed my walk in the Botanical Garden.

From the entrance by Avenida Artigas start two hiking trails: the Circuito Mayor (4250m) and the Circuito minor (2705m). These two are for pedestrians, since there is also a 'Circuito vehicular', which most locals were using on the Sunday I was there. I went for the longer walk, which took me about 1 1/2h in a leisurely way. And I was practically alone all the time.

Walking on that trail one doesn't feel like being in a Botanical Garden, but in a naturally preserved local forest, with mainly deciduous trees, not too close to each other. Thus there is not always shade and sun protection is quite important.. I really enjoyed that walk, since one could also hear plenty of birds. Because there are several not marked branches it is not always easy to be on the right track. But it helps to know that every 250m there is a distance marker.

At one point one passes a grand traditional house, which cannot be visited. It was the summer house of the powerful president Carlos Antonio Lopez, built in 1840. The whole park was once his property, but then sold to a local bank. Two scientists of German origin, Carlos Fiebrig (of whom there is monument) and his wife Annae Gertz (a plaque can be seen in her honour) turned this area into the actual Botanical Garden in early 20th century. I was also interested to read that the Botanical Garden of Asuncion nowadays cooperates with the Botanical Garden in Geneva, especially in regards to the ethnobotany of the Guarani.

There is a zoo attached to it, but seeing a long queue I didn't bother visiting it. Instead I went into the Natural History Museum, probably the worst I have ever seen. It was a 19th century style museum with badly stuffed animals, dead snakes in glass and some Indian artefacts. To a friend I would say: Go and enjoy the lovely walk and forget about the rest.
Written April 28, 2018
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HCBee
South America5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We weren't sure what to expect from the zoo after reading other reviews here, so we were pleasantly surprised. It was quiet during the week but even as the first people there we felt very safe walking around (they've installed cameras and there are lots of staff around too). Some of the animals' cages have room for improvement but in general the animals seemed to be well looked after. They have a great selection of animals that are native to Paraguay and South America, plus impressive tigers and an elephant too. The staff are friendly and there were quite a few families with kids there. Entry was 7000 PYG per adult, which is less than £1 by the current exchange rate—bargain.

Two things to be aware of: the zoo has a pretty haphazard layout and is bigger than it initially appears with poor signposting. Also, definitely take water and bug spray with you as there isn't anywhere inside to buy refreshments.

Can't comment much on the Botanical Gardens as we were so hot and thirsty by the time we'd finished with the zoo that we left. They seem lovely, though more like a park than gardens as other reviewers have mentioned.
Written February 25, 2015
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lulita2007
Miami, FL30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
starving animals waiting to die. Not worth it. not well maintained, very poor selection of species.
Written December 31, 2011
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Laurie F
Asuncion, Paraguay9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This Botanical Garden is HUGE and very beautiful. But the zoo is poorly set up, maintained and financed. The Municipal Government should shop it out to a third party for administration with the condition that it be made into a REAL ZOO!!!
Written January 15, 2013
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valeria f
Asuncion, Paraguay3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
No security people around, lots of robbers and gangs go around it freely
Written March 6, 2012
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Matheus007
Orlando, FL155 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
If you like to see tucans housed with turtles, this is the zoo for you. Like a lot of things in Paraguay, the zoo is a bit unusual. They do have a nice collection of big cats.... tigers, panthers, and lions. And there are the snakes, big ones! It's worth a visit, but it is a bit sad. But I suppose this is the nature of all zoos.
Written June 21, 2017
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JosephineSalvador
Buenos Aires, Argentina308 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Unless I missed them the botanical gardens only seemed to have trees and shrubs with very few flowers. The zoo was upsetting as the animals did not have much space. It is a difficult decision whether to visit a Zoo or not. My money helps feed the animals but when you visit a zoo like this you realise that giving an elephant or a tiger a tiny space is nothing less than cruelty.
Written July 29, 2016
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Arthuro S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The zoo has started a reorganization and improvement project of all cages. They're getting bigger and greener! Also, from now on all the animals' main characteristics are explained on signs.
Written December 20, 2014
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Brian H
Copenhagen, Denmark71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The park is a very nice place to come and walk around. I love the old summer residence of president Lopez, the bird life, the trees and flours...

But this is also a zoo with badly treated animals in small dirty cages fed with whatever leftovers the zoo has. In the zoo, there is also a museum with animals stuffed so amateurish, that you cannot help feeling sorry for the hardly recognizable animals.

4 star park
1 star zoo
Written March 19, 2014
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