I do rescue work here in the Yucatan with dogs and cats so to see big animals like zebras, giraffes, etc. in tiny exclosures with minimal life support is not oniy depressing - it's criminal! I admit I have a particular fondness for cats and to this day I have nightmares about the big cats I saw at the Centenario, panting and pacing back & forth in their 4 X 8 foot cages with no enrichment of any kind. These poor cats were over the edge crazy!!! Please don't support or encourage this type of zoo as it truly is cruel and unusual punishment for the poor creatures who live (and die) there. Several died just last year without any investigation or apology (they'll just buy others to replace them). If you want to take your kids & yourself to a great zoo that teaches and promotes conservation and respect for the animals, visit the Regional Zoo in Tuxtla Guttierex, Chiapas where they are captive breeding rare & exotic species like our endangered quetzal bird. That's a zoo you can feel good about supporting.. I do not believe that all zoos are bad but, unfortunately, the Centenario just doesn't get it when it comes to the animals as their first priority is on generating revenue - unfortunately, at the animals' expense.
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