We had a rainy day to fill (staying in Palenque) and decided to go to Villahermosa, see the Parque Museo le Vente (closed when we got there) and Yumka. The drive took about 2 hours, one section of road was rough but even with the rain, the scenery was beautiful. Made a wrong turn in Villahermosa and ended up in a traffic jam which was a nightmare and the only way out was yo drive like a Mexican, aggressively!
Thank goodness we had Yumka to save the day. We were concerned it might be closed due to the weather, but it was open. We just happened to be the only visible clients at that time. The entrance fee was 60 pesos each, worth it. We were lucky to have our own private guide, Maritza, who could speak English very well. If there had been other clients the tour would have been in Spanish, of which very little knowledge.
We started on our own for a bit, saw some snakes and a tiger. Then Maritza took us further into the park, over some swing bridges, and showed us some deer, monkeys, two pumas and a jaguar. We hoped to see a crocodile, but not in sight. Then we boarded a wagon pulled by a tractor, which took us around a large part of the compound where there were many more deer, gazelles, ostriches, water buffaloes, rhinos, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, yaks, a hippo that was in the water and an elephant who had gone down in a trench before we got near. There were many other animals as well. The only problem with this part of the tour was that the driver did not stop often enough for good pictures, it's hard to get good shots when you are moving.
Apparently, there are also other areas where animals are kept as well as a boat on the lagoon and an orchid exhibit, but we felt it was too wet to do these things.
All in all, very much enjoyed this and highly recommended going there.