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Vallarta Zoo

#1 of 8 things to do in Mismaloya Features Animals
Camino al Eden 700, Mismaloya, Mexico
+52 322 228 0501
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Concrete Cages and Sad Eyes.

Me and my wife bought tickets on a whim, and you probably found this place because of the same... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Joshua E
Bigger than anticipated and close up and personal

This was way better than anticipated no way in the US could you get this close to get the animals... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Camino al Eden 700, Mismaloya, Mexico
+52 322 228 0501
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Me and my wife bought tickets on a whim, and you probably found this place because of the same reason we did. They advertise the ability to hold and interact with jungle kittens (and you do). Now ask yourself, how do they manage to have...More

3  Thank Joshua E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was way better than anticipated no way in the US could you get this close to get the animals. Get the food so you can feed them and hold peanuts and feel a little monkeys hands grab them. No need to buy additional food...More

Thank aratatatt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This experience is only available outside the U.S. where there is not such a fear of lawsuits. That being said, use caution with two of the animals. The ostrich grabbed an entire paper bag of food right out of our hands--so quickly that we did...More

Thank Claudia K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While different from US zoos, the Zoologica de Vallarta is a wonderful experience. The interaction with the animals is quite different and more connected than US zoos. The staff are committed and dedicated to the animals. Definitely worth a visit, but keep in mind it...More

Thank Rtaylor39401
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 7th time to this zoo. And as always, there were lots of improvements. We enjoy being able to hand feed so many beautiful animals. It is truly an experience you could never have at home. Admission still was only $10 usd and...More

Thank LesliAndyBrandt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are from North America you will probably not like this zoo. It is very old fashion. The animals are kept in concrete cages rather than natural habitats. While the animals seem to be well fed their care and attention is less than optimal....More

2  Thank Glenn V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Your political views on zoos play a huge part on whether or not you will enjoy this zoo. If you think animals should not be in zoos, or have ever thought zoos are bad, don't go. If you're more like me and think zoos, promote...More

1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The zoo was terrible and depressing. All animals were in tiny cages, the whole place smells terrible and the staff are rude.

Thank CharS24
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I have been to a zoo near Cancun and this was about the same. Zoos are not going to be like they are in America with bigger living situations. If you are an animal activist then this place will not be for you, but if...More

1  Thank npike8
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The zoo in Puerto Vallarta is perhaps the most interesting place we have visited in the city. For $85 USD per person you get admission to the zoo, two cold drinks, a bag of food for the zoo animals with instructions about which ones eat...More

Thank 710ron
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Amber and Steve H
how much to go to the zoo
12 January 2017|
Response from bhowe30 | Reviewed this property |
200 pesos or 10 usd
Apparently, like other places that have tiger petting zoos, the cubs are born there from a breeding program. The cubs are kept until they get too big. What happens to them after that? There's no way a zoo can house/ feed that many adult big cats.
10 January 2017|
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Response from Blair1388 | Reviewed this property |
I have met the owner and caretaker of the Zoo. After the babies are old enough to be separated from their mothers, the zoo will send them to other zoos across the world with reputable programs. They never give an animal to... More
So confused on what is best. Done say to get the package at the front for everything( entrance, bag of food and to be able to hold the animals) others say not to and to just pay at the end if you want to hold the animals? Why? What's the difference?
13 December 2016|
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Response from Anna S | Reviewed this property |
You can pay for the entrance and a bag of food at the front. And pay for holding the animals any time. The baby tiger is already like a big dog, you cannot put him on your lap. So do not pay until you see the animals and... More