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“Mixed feelings.”
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Zoo Buenos Aires
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Owner description: El Zoologico de Buenos Aires tiene por objetivo ser un gran centro de educacion ambiental que forme mejores ciudadanos, mas comprometidos con el bienestar animal y el cuidado de la naturaleza. Paralelamente, que se convierta en un centro de conservacion de especies, con enfasis en la fauna argentina
Reviewed June 8, 2013

When this zoo was built, I'm sure it was the pride of Buenos Aires; however, time and a lack of money have not been kind. While the staff seems to try and "make do", this zoo needs a LOT of money to bring it back to a place of joy for both visitors and animals alike. The grounds are peaceful and park-like but the animal enclosures need some serous attention. Buildings are decaying and there seems to be a penchant for closing off areas so that the animals don't have access to their entire enclosure. The poor elephant was just rocking back and forth and seemed to be in a bit of distress. In many cases, there are no animals (one assumes they've just died off and there's no hurry to replace them) and in other cases, there are an over-abundance of animals (deer, gazelles, etc.). I know that the money woes of Argentina have not gotten much better since their economy collapsed in 2001, but one would hope that some philanthropist would take pity on this once beautiful zoo and restore it back to its glory.

Thank CADreamin
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this zoo: on one hand it was interesting to see some of the animals (the African animals including the hippos, elephants and giraffes are a highlight) but on the other I felt depressed as the enclosures for most of the animals are quite small. It was particularly depressing to see the birds in small enclosures.

That said, if you're after something to do one can spend a couple of hours here and kids would most likely love it. I just wish the animals had more space and better equipped enclosures.

Thank FP2
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

If your country is in economic crisis, don't have a zoo. You can see though they're trying but it's just not happening. We found lots of the animals were in enclosures of their own with nothing to do (many enclosures lacking any sort of stimulation for them). The Sun Bears were standing up waving for food. The Orangutan was patting it's stomach with it's hand out wanting food. Beautiful South American parrots were in tiny enclosures there was no way they could fly and use their wings a great deal. Lots of the animals don't even have a sign or description as to what they even are. The locals ignore signage throwing food into enclosures of animals with signs that clearly say 'do not feed these animals', banging on enclosures they shouldn't be etc. One particular animal looked in pain it was hobbling around and could barely make it's way to it's undercover area. Staff were trying to move deer from one enclosure to another and the animals were going crazy jumping into the fence, it just didn't seem professional. While I'm sure this zoo is doing 'some' good things, I wouldn't suggest visiting as we found it depressing.

1  Thank Aussieflyers
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Can't be missed if you like nature and animals. Lots of small animals are free in the zoo, what makes a contact with them all the more interesting. You get very close to all of them and the experience in really nice. Right in the middle of the city, quite unusual, and very cosy.

Thank Gustavo C
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We really enjoyed our day at the zoo. Loved the hippos, giraffes and other large animals. Animal habitats were better than many zoos we have visited in the past.

Thank NicaSpouses
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