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“It seems that something happened in zala park in 2013”

Reviewed October 30, 2013

I have visited Zala Park on regular basis from 2003 to 2011 and never saw a monkey in the park .

This being said, i am a little worried about the comments posted in 2013.It seems that the park is really struggling to survive.

What you should know about the park :

- The original project is all about reptiles which are found in the nearby areas and given to the park instead of being killed by local villagers .

- The mission of Zala park is purely educative.A lot of local schools are coming and zala park people try to educate them about snakes ( there are a lot of legends in africa ... )

- The government or any NGO never supported the park which is only financed by visitors donations (in my opinion a shame when you see the money wasted by NGO in very inconsistant projects all around Zanzibar )

- If you take a trip to Zala park :

Make sure you have the right local guide or even better ask to a company like Wildthings Safaris ( true animals lovers and educated scientist with relevant background ) to organize it for you.

- The park is always different because the animals are given to the park ( some die , some escape )

- If you see a monkey, which has been put here to attract tourissts, talk to them in a nice way and ask why is that so before judging .

Hope my review will be helpfull and constructive ; don t hesitate to conctact me if you need any additional informations.

11  Thank Benjaminmpaka
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

ZALA Park was set up by a local school teacher (Mohammed) who's aim was to educate the local community about the animals in the forest surrounding them. The reptiles and mammals in the forest are often killed by the locals due to superstitious beliefs and traditions (often related to witchcraft), ZALA park is trying to eradicate these beliefs through education.

The park is worth a visit to see snakes, chameleons, lizards, monitor lizards, turtles, terrapins, coconut crabs, duik duiks and more. The park can be viewed easily in half a day, with informative and motivated guides who will also explain about the local beliefs surrounding the animals and if you have more time you can wander through the forest on one of their nature trails whilst learning about the natural plants.

It's a good afternoon out, especially for children, and can esily be combined with visits to the nearby Jozani Forest and Butterfly Center. Money raised from tourist fees goes towards supporting the Mungooni community (and school) and to pay for local school groups to visit and learn about the animals.

Please don't get ZALA Park mixed up with the Zanzibar Zoo (near Stone Town) as some of the previous posts have done. ZALA Park is a very different project to the zoo, with sustainable and responsible environmental education at it's center!

7  Thank Josh J
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We were asked by our Jozani Forest guide if we’d be interested in seeing small animals, so we ended up here. Our suspicion quickly arose. Materials are very simple and the place doesn’t look suited to hold animals. The worst encounter was with a monkey who was held with a rope on his leg. The poor little thing clearly wasn’t happy there. As described here in earlier reviews, the target seems to get the animals out and on a picture. The python started to strangle our limps, and I’d done the same if I was in his place. Our tour was basically done within 15 mins, and we told them to take better care of the animals. By the way, currently a picture of giraffes is accompanying the description of ZALA at Tripadvisor, but this has nothing to do with the park and was probably taken at Tanzania mainland.

12  Thank LCH1976
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

nice place for leasure, freshing mind, there are different animal from a different place around the world

2  Thank haji_gae
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

A sad place which has nothing much to do with a park or an animal land... Rather a zoo than a park. Rather go to Jozani forest and see animals free.

6  Thank Mwasaju
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