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“Friendly knowledgeable owner, but just a small petting zoo”

Genesis Nature Park & Art Gallery
Ranked #44 of 101 things to do in Tobago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: "Genesis Nature Park" is a home-based, family-owned and operated Petting Zoo set in a beautiful tropical garden with an in-house Art Gallery. Our focus is conservation and education related to nature and the environment. In existence for over 16 years, we have recently added five Guest Rooms to accommodate vacations and an Events Hall available for weddings, family events and other special occasions. Garden Weddings are a special feature.
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We have a hard time rating this as just average because we really enjoyed chatting with the owner about the animals and plants of Tobago. However, at 20$US a person, it isn't the best value for your money. We spent about an hour there and got some cool photos of various animals and beautiful flowers, but at the end of the day, it is just a small operation in a yard. If you're going past anyway, you may as well stop in, but don't expect a whole lot. From our experience we didn't see many wild animals, so it could be a good opportunity to see the local animals up close. If you're looking for a zoo experience, go to the Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain, Trinidad instead.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We happened upon Genesis Nature Park as we were driving around the island and knew we had to stop. We were so glad we did! Michael, the owner, built the nature park right on his own property, so he lives just steps away from all the animals. He personally took us on the tour and we were able to feed and pet all the animals. In additional to all of the animal information he shared with us, he also has many plants and fruit trees and he stopped along the tour to point them out and tell us about them. He is a very humble man and it's obvious he loves what he does. His passion for plant and animal conservation on the island is evident. That makes it exciting to see that he's working to expand and build accommodations so guests can stay right on the property in the future. The tour also includes some great local artwork and sculptures.

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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We love visiting zoos and nature parks whenever we have a chance, so this place was a must on our visit to Tobago. We were a bit disappointed when we arrived because it looked small, but we were in for a surprise!!! The owner takes you on a tour stopping by every animal, not only to tell you some things about them, but also to let you pet them and feed them - they even do some tricks! My daughter was so excited to make contact with the animals, as it is something you cannot do in a regular zoo. It was great family time.

2  Thank Carolina G
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

Genesis Nature Park is located just after the coast line after Hopes Bay. It's a nice petting zoo and all the aminals are at the Home of the owner. The landscaping is really nice and very interesting with lots of local touches of history and art. The price for a tour is $30.00 TTD and it not that bad cause you get up close to the animals, some great local art work and sculpting by the owner and even a look at his international money collection. Even if you think the place is small dont worry the numerous persons that visit and even delegates from foreign that visit makes the place a privilige to see. The main scheme of things here is animal and plant preservation and the owner has won the Tobago House of Assembly Award on the Island for the great job done. So be sure and walk with your camera and enjoy!

4  Thank Viddhisama
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

We were driving around the island and saw a sign that said Petting Zoo, so we had to stop. It was well worth the stop. Michael, the owner, has turned his property into a reserve/information site for visitors and locals. He has a variety of local species of animals and plants that he has preserved and you can look closely at (including caimans and capuchin monkeys). Well worth the stop.

5  Thank ChrisStewart1
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