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“Summit Gardens”

Summit Botanical Gardens
Ranked #55 of 174 things to do in Panama City
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Owner description: Featuring a small zoo and paved trails, this tropical botanical garden features Panama's national bird, the Harpy Eagle.
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Summit Gardens”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

On the way to Gamboa, about halfway across the Isthmus is Summit Gardens now called Soberania National Park. It is a large park featuring hundreds of tree species and a small zoo with local animal types. It is very popular with school groups and groups picnicking. There are many covered facilities in case of rain and there are many bathrooms provided for visitors as well as cold water and drinks. Nice park, nice place to visit away from the crowds of the Panama City area.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Ted B
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Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Don't expect much”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

The gardens are really a zoo and a metropolitan public picnic area with labeled trees. The zoo is old style and can be depressing. Seeing animals in cages which we saw in the wild was a bit of a downer even if they have been rescued. I wanted to see more for the animals and birds to do to alleviate the boredom of confinement. Often cages had no fresh water. The plants were labeled and some were interesting. We are serious plant people though and so could find pleasure in all the plants. Others might find this place a real let down because it has few of the gorgeous plantings we associate with botanical gardens. Some of the money being spent to make another high rise apartment building would be better spent on renovations and upgrades to this well used facility. The Harpy Eagle had died which was a big bummer. I guess one is on its way soon from FLorida. It opens at 9 which was different than any information we could find. $5 for foreigners.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank GraftonLaurie
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Meet Tango and Cash at Parque Municipal Summit”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

First of all, Parque Summit is NOT NOT NOT a zoo! It is a WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER. If you go you can usually find Elena Castejon and Lynne Hawk working tirelessly to care for wild animals rescued and unable to return to the wild. They are always generously ready to talk to you about the wildlife.The jewels in the crown are two young mountain lions named Tango and Cash. They are the faces of the new Panama...an economically exploding nation trying to educate their developing world population to value and preserve the wild animals and plants that make this nation so extraordinary. Tango and Cash are Panama! Tango and Cash were rescued in Bocas Del Toro by Sky LaBrot of the Floating Doctors. In her panga, she chased down a man trying to sell the week old, nearly dead kits, after killing their mother. Many people wanted the kits after Sky had nursed them back to health, but Sky chose Elena, because she thought Elena was the most sincere...and was she ever right! Elena, and her friend Lynne, who had experience with mountain lion rescues in Florida, hand raised the two infant kits. Tango and Cash were saved to become Panama's ambassadors of wildlife. There are also rescued Jaguars and Ocelots...birds, tapirs...all kinds of lucky orphans of the storm have found love, respect and happiness at Summit. Well worth the visit...especially when you get to talk to Elena and Lynne, who love to teach anyone who is wiling to learn. You can also arrange with them to volunteer for a day or more, which will make your trip as memorable as mine was. A wonderful place to visit in PC.

Visited March 2013
7 Thank paulala l
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76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A wonderful story”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Initially went here to see the indigenous animals... thought a bit of a sad place for a zoo, however, when hearing the story from two amazing ladies who volunteer here.... have an utmost respect for this place. It is a wild animal rescue.. animals who can be let free are theothers are kept in the best type of environment possible. I urge people to volunteer or donate. We are doing both.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank polarbearpenguin
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Panama City, Panama
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice park to walk or take a meal to eat”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is not free. It is about $2.00 per person. They have a limited zoo of Panamanian animals. They have a GREAT exhibit of the Harpy Eagles. You can take food in and eat a bohios. It is out of the way but a nice trip if you are looking for something to fill a day.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Dan Y
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