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“Great value for a free attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Curacao Zoo

Curacao Zoo
Ranked #86 of 107 things to do in Willemstad
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE COMING TEN YEAR!!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. The government in 2000 installed a foundation with the sole function to manage the zoo. The foundation is called Fundashon Parke Tropikal Starting in 2011 a new and dynamic team of young professionals took the foundation to a new era. The New name is CURACAO ZOO & NATURE RESERVE.This new team set their goals and mission for the coming ten years to make of our national zoo a great area with international standards, this all cannot be completed only on the government funding, that’s why they are giving every person that visits the zoo the chance to adopt an animal or even an entire project .Upon request they can give you a great tour. For nearly sixty years only four acres where used, but in fact the zoo has more than nineteen acres to be converted in to a great attraction, a former dam that has become a nature reserve is also part of this giant plan with more than sixty acres to add to the final plan.
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“Great value for a free attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Nice park with a lot of shadow and a lot of history. Animals are well taken care of by skilled professionals and volunteers. Kids will love the playground which is very adequate for parties too!

Visited October 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Adorable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

The zoo is a adorable.. it has many room to grow it has new animals and is improving a lot.. the tour guide is amazing and the animals are adorable. There is an amazing parking space, awesome food and an awesome environment for kids..

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome park.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Improving, new animals, new activities, clean, secured, great parking space, excellent staff&volunteers, relaxing environment ♡

Visited July 2013
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Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing ....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

As a local, I visit the Zoo regularly. True, they have had some really rough times, since they depend a lot on help from the "outside world", especially moneywise and the finish line is not in sight as yet. However, it is amazing to watch the growth and improvement in such a relatively short time. The management is outstanding and very professional, yet kind and always willing to listen and their priority is to create a good environment for the animals and flora plus a relaxed atmosphere for the visitors. And that is a lot of very hard work: every milestone reached, is a great victory. I admire the hardworking employees, all the volunteers and the love they have for this mutual goal: a beautiful Zoo on our island Curaçao ... !!

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

It was fun . They are taking good care of the animals . It is worth it. Awesome . It is fun for tourist to enjoy our nature take picture of the animals and make some funny friends with some of the animals and employee . So I hope to see you all soon there boys and girls

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