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“You can pet a white tiger!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of ZOO Lujan

ZOO Lujan
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Lujan
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Owner description: El Zoologico de Lujan abrio sus puertas un 24 de noviembre de 1994, en un principio la coleccion inicial de ejemplares de la fauna silvestre y domestica estaba integrada por un mono, dos burros, dos pony, llamas y ciervos, una pareja de leones y pavos reales. Luego, se comenzo a recibir muchas especies provenientes de donaciones, canjes con otras especies y compras a criaderos de fauna, en especial aves, mirlos y guacamayos. El predio ubicado en el historico partido que le da su nombre, sobre el acceso oeste ocupa una superficie de 15 hectareas conformando un amplio espacio natural con una particular fisonomia determinada por los sectores arbolados que lo caracterizan y donde el publico encuentra un lugar para disfrutar de la naturaleza, contemplar e interactuar con algunas especies de animales y vivir momentos de convivencia familiar en ese entorno. Se trata de un zoologico donde los animales conviven con los humanos desde su nacimiento y todo el transcurso de su vida, lo que se logra mediante un dedicado proceso de amansamiento que fue lo que caracterizo a este zoologico desde su fundacion. Rememorar los tiempos pasados y el vivir el presente, nos llevan a mencionar historias de amor a los animales, historias de trabajo en equipo, un enorme entusiasmo por hacer las cosas de modo diferente y el de colocar al parque entre uno de los mejores zoologicos de la Argentina. Adoptando los cuatro principios u objetivos que rigen la actividad de los zoologicos modernos -recreacion, educacion para la conservacion, investigacion y conservacion de las especies- tiende a convertirse en un centro de conservacion de grandes felinos amenazados no solo de America sino del mundo entero y donde la gran cantidad de pumas, tigres y leones que forman parte del plantel zoologico, producto de los planes de reproduccion que se llevan a cabo en la institucion, aseguran la existencia de un banco genetico de especimenes que en algun momento de la historia de estos grandes felinos, podra ser un reservorio que asegure la supervivencia de estas especies en peligro de extincion. A 19 anos de existencia, el Zoologico de Lujan no solo se ha convertido en un lugar de alto atractivo para los visitantes provenientes de toda la Argentina, sino que ha trascendido fronteras al ser reconocido internacionalmente con visitantes provenientes no solo de los paises limitrofes sino de otros continentes que lo visitan atraidos por la modalidad de manejo que se practica con nuestros ejemplares.
New York City, New York
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“You can pet a white tiger!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

To have been able to pet a white tiger was a dream come true for me. I've loved them since I saw the tiger on the cover of my science book in high school. That experience definitely made up for the negative things we encountered at that zoo. With the exception of one member of the staff in the other tiger cage, the personnel were not friendly. Also, the zoo seemed more like a big farm. But, again, I DID get to feed milk to a lion and pet a white tiger.

Visited February 2013
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“A completely different experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

My wife and I were able to see some absolutely amazing things on our honeymoon, but our pictures from Zoo Lujan typically generate the best responses from our friends and family. We're petting and feeding full-sized lions and tigers, after all!

I had some trepidation about going to Zoo Lujan because of rumors of sedation and other issues like that, but I couldn't let the opportunity to interact with a grown lion pass me by. Having visited, I would say that I agree with most of the other posters here: it's not likely the animals are being sedated, but rather that they're well-fed and raised with dogs.

The dog concept is really interesting to witness firsthand. We stumbled upon one of the tiger cages with two tigers and a mid-sized mutt. One of the tigers was playing with the dog and it was really something: he'd bat the dog with his giant paw and the dog would play-bite him back. They'd chase each other around and jump around the bench in the cage. It was a very interesting relationship to witness and even though the tiger had the clear weight and size advantage, he was obviously cowed by the dog.

We went on a Tuesday afternoon. Absolutely no lines at all, and everything was open. I'd recommend you wear boots as there's a flock of birds wandering around. We took the bus from Plaza Italia, telling the driver we were going to Zoo Lujan. He was kind enough to call it out when we arrived so we didn't miss our stop. (The Zoo is a good 4-5 miles out of Lujan proper, so you don't want to wait until the end of the line at all.) The bus was a nice commuter bus and as comfortable as one could expect.

There was one English speaker working at the zoo named Necki. She was extremely helpful and very friendly and clearly had a passion for the animals. She insisted they weren't sedated and credited their countenance to their upbringing, and the fact that the big cats especially are primarily nocturnal. Lions sleep 20 hours a day and basically every time I've seen the lions at our local US zoo they were sleeping too, so I don't know why people are expecting anything different.

My biggest concern with the zoo was with their poor sea lions. They have two of them in a small, relatively dirty pool, and they move them to an even smaller tank sort of thing. This is not the right type of facility for aquatic animals at all, and that was a bit of a bummer. The lion and tiger enclosures weren't huge by any means at all, but again, I'm not seeing lions bounding through their enclosures at zoos in the US either, and they had more than enough room to wander around, give themselves space, stretch out, and do whatever. This isn't a circus train cage here—though the chimpanzees looked bored out of their minds, but again, no moreso than at the zoo where I live.

I'll say this: feeding a lion milk from my hand was extremely surreal, but nothing beat petting a large male lion as he let out a small roar. That... was a moment to remember.

The animals were extremely well fed and seemed generally well taken care of, and not in distress or upset or anything of the sort. (One of the lions was a bit annoyed at being woken up, but who wouldn't be?)

Overall, an experience that's worth the trip. Note that they may not let under 16s into the cages, they only take cash, it's A$130 per person now, they DO take credit card at the restaurant, which served up surprisingly decent fare, there are clean bathrooms in the restaurant area, they have a private shuttle back to the Obelisk in BsAs for around A$35, so that you don't have to deal with catching the bus back but you have to ask to be booked on it, and there's nothing like holding a baby lion cub, feeding a bear eggs from your hands, and petting a lion as it roars.

Visited February 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Animal Farm meets Doctor Doolittle...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Walk with the animals, talk with the animals, worry about the animals. Normally avoid zoos and stick to wildlife parks and nature reserves but went to Lujan purely on recommendation. It's not every day you get the opportunity to touch an adult lion, hold a cub and feed milk to a young tiger.

However some of life's opportunities come at a potential price. A gimmick which seemed to be at the expense of animal welfare. Couldn't say for sure whether the animals were sedated or not but
I was concerned over the small enclosures, too many animals for one enclosure, particularly the female lions and the sea lions. That said none of them seemed in distress of any kind and the zookeepers were very knowledgable about their welfare so have to sit on the fence somewhat with that one.

There are many Llamas, Alpacas and Sheep roaming free as well as the many MANY geese (and all their toiletry business!) One piece of advice, if you do buy animal feed, keep the bag hidden out of view otherwise you'll be chased by hoards of Llamas and Geese until you eventually cave in and end up chucking the entire contents on the ground to fend them off.

The experience of holding a lion cub was nothing short of amazing, and the long 1.5 - 2 hour bus trip from Buenos Aries was well worth that alone. It's also worth looking into getting a transfer/shuttle if you can A$35 per person as opposed to the A$13.50 on the Sube but you'll have a far more pleasant journey as the bus is, long, busy and has no revere for making you stand in an overcrowded aisle. From Buenos Aries, you'll need the 57 from Plaza Italia on the green Subte line. Entry to the zoo is A$130. You'll exit the bus on the right and have to cross the roads to the zoo on the left hand side. Ask the driver for Lujan Zoologica stop as its not always easy to see where they stop from the bus. Our driver was kind and let us know when to get off.

Have seen a few posts regarding long queues but we went on a Tuesday afternoon and there was barely anybody else there so worth going midweek to avoid the weekend crowds.

Visited February 2013
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“Exciting but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I love animals, so when I heard about this zoo I HAD to go. It's a decent price for what you get - a day spent petting wild animals. They DON'T accept credit card, and the public buses that run to and from Buenos Aires ONLY take the SUBE card, so make sure you have one if that's how you plan to travel! You will spend a long time waiting in line, especially to pet the big cats. I also fed elephants and watching other people feed sea lions. My favorite part was hold a baby tiger - he was SO tiny.

Its true that the animals are raised by both people, dogs, and cats. There are dogs in every enclosure with the animals. One of the women working there insisted that the animals are not drugged, but are tame because of the way there were raised, and calm because they are nocturnal. I don't know how true this is, but I also can't say I saw any drugging occur. The enclosures are also fairly small - not horribly cramped, but probably not up to the standards of most popular zoos in the US. They basically look like the cages of the Bronx Zoo a few decades ago.

I enjoyed my visit because it was amazing to be that close to such awesome animals, but I did have my reservations about the entire experience. In the end, I'm glad I went because it's something that I don't think could ever happen in the US.

Visited February 2013
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Porto Alegre
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“I fed an elephant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

When I got there I was a little concerned about the huge lines we have to wait to enter each cage. In the end, it was worth it. The lions and tigers were very sleepy, and people sprinkle milk on their paws so they'll be liking them on the pictures. We had to wait for about 1h to go into each cage.

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