Philip's Animal Garden
Philip's Animal Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Philips animal garden is a nonprofit organization. We do not rely on governmental support and get our resources entirely out of tours, theme-days and donations. The funds acquired will be solely and fully used to guarantee the wellbeing of the animals in several ways, such as: The safety and cleanness of the environment (habitat). All the required and necessary (expensive) vaccines that differ per animal. To provide for the specific maintenance and specific diets which are required to guarantee health and longevity of the species. Veterinarian care.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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  • sheila270
    Toronto, Canada3,689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute zoo
    We visited this zoo as part of our half day excursion. They give you a free bag of food to feed the animals. I feed the goats, horse, camel, donkeys. Only the four legged animals. They also have monkeys, birds, ostriches, tortoises and other animals. They also have a snack bar serving drinks and food. We didn’t see a souvenir shop. I was down by the birds and tortoises and got dive bombed on my head by a black and yellow bird that must have a nest over there. It came after me a second time and I ducked and ran. So be careful by the birds.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • richardfranzen
    Allentown, New Jersey36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s an animal rescue, not a zoo
    Been going to Philip’s Animal Garden for over a decade now. Even wrote a review a few years back. After reading some current reviews, felt obligated to write another. This is not a zoo, it’s an animal rescue specializing in exotic pets. So a bit different than the San Diego Zoo. It’s a non profit simply trying to do their best for the animals. Yes, the pens are not as fancy and some of the animals look tired. That’s what to expect from a charity taking in neglected former pets. They are doing the best they can, which is certainly a lot better than would happen to these animals otherwise. This is a great place to visit. Cost is low ($10 per person). You get to hand feed animals (the goats are show stealers). And you are supporting a great cause.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 November 2023
  • KJKNYC
    New York City, New York233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for animal lovers!
    If you are an animal lover, you will absolutely enjoy making a stop at Philips. When you arrive you give a $10 entrance fee and they give you 2 bags of food to share with the animals. We spent time feeding donkeys, goats, deer, monkeys, tortoises, parrots, and a few other furry friends. To our eyes, the animals seemed well taken care of, and the staff was very friendly. We actually returned to the front to make an additional donation to purchase extra food so we could spend more time with the monkeys. I wonder if we had brought fruit if we could have fed them items we had with us. We found out that the monkeys love grapes! We spent about two hours there. I imagine most people would spend an hour, but we really were having fun interacting with the animals. Wear sunscreen. Bring water. Enjoy!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Jeremy S
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Animal Sanctuary!
    This animal sanctuary truly exceeded our expectations. It was far larger than we expected, and amazingly clean. When you pay admission they give you a bag of treats and you can feed the animals as you walk around. They all appeared to be healthy and well cared for, with plenty of space in their enclosures. It is definitely not a zoo, although it is large enough that it almost could be. Definitely put this on your list if you're an animal lover!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Gina C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the monkeys most of all!
    It’s important to keep in mind this is a non-profit and it isn’t going to look as fancy as a zoo you are used to going to. That being said our trip was better than I expected, I had a great time feeding the animals and seeing all the different species they had there. They take in neglected exotic pets and animals that may have otherwise been euthanized. The monkeys were all jumping around and having a great time. There is one that is alone but I’d have to think there is a good reason for it since they have others together. The bird enclosures were all clean and they were all singing and chattering away. The only thing I’d like to see in signs by the animals with a bit of information about what they are and maybe how they came to be at the sanctuary. We were on a little of a time constraint so spent about 1.5 hours there but I could have easily stayed longer and would definitely return!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2024
  • Sheila C
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a taxi and enjoy the visit
    I was a bit concerned (reading some reviews here) that I would see neglected animals without water and food. When we got there (around 10am) the staff was making the rounds providing food and water so depending on where we were, yes I saw some animals without food and water but I also saw staff doing what looked like the daily chores of feeding and providing water and we were just steps ahead of them. We had a great time. We weren't able to do a tour so we meandered around. $10 per person. We also brought an additional 2 pounds of carrots (thanks for the tip from another reviewer). I'm an animal lover and enjoyed every moment of my visit. Some of the goats were roaming around free and I saw a donkey goose someone (that was a good laugh for us and the person goosed). I am a parrot owner of 4 rescues and I can say it was discouraging that there were no toys or anything for the birds to forage but all of the enclosures were very large and not over crowded at all plus they get to be outside in the beautiful weather (in the shade) so overall, I think it's a great place. My husband got too close to the monkey cage and got poked in the nose and that was really funny. Highly recommended. Staff was very friendly.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 April 2024
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Mrpickles S
12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Good place to kill time before flight. Just be aware of the ostriches and don’t get close to them. While feeding the goats an ostrich grabbed my shirt
Written 24 May 2024
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Sheila C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I was a bit concerned (reading some reviews here) that I would see neglected animals without water and food. When we got there (around 10am) the staff was making the rounds providing food and water so depending on where we were, yes I saw some animals without food and water but I also saw staff doing what looked like the daily chores of feeding and providing water and we were just steps ahead of them. We had a great time. We weren't able to do a tour so we meandered around. $10 per person. We also brought an additional 2 pounds of carrots (thanks for the tip from another reviewer). I'm an animal lover and enjoyed every moment of my visit. Some of the goats were roaming around free and I saw a donkey goose someone (that was a good laugh for us and the person goosed). I am a parrot owner of 4 rescues and I can say it was discouraging that there were no toys or anything for the birds to forage but all of the enclosures were very large and not over crowded at all plus they get to be outside in the beautiful weather (in the shade) so overall, I think it's a great place. My husband got too close to the monkey cage and got poked in the nose and that was really funny. Highly recommended. Staff was very friendly.
Written 26 April 2024
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bear
Waltham, MA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
THERE WAS A GENUINLY STARVING HORSE IN THE BACK????? The animals had very little space and almost no water or shade. They all seems sad, especially the lone cow by the monkeys with no food and the STARVING HOSE in the back. There were 4 horses in total, they need 1-2 acres of land, this was NOT even close. The animals were all miserable. The cage of about 10 monkeys had basically a PUDDLE for water, a brown nasty water. There is so much wrong with this place but the most jaring is the literal starving horse in the back by the many cars and bikes. If this was truly a "sanctuary" you would think they would invest in a little more care for their animals. The oceleots and birds were incredibly stressed, not to mention the literal starving animal with literally no space. The poor horses ribs were completely visible, it literally couldn't stand, it was leaning against the wall. Do better.
Written 18 April 2024
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FarAway47597213296
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very upsetting, half the animals didn’t have clean water. Dirty cases smelled and birds what looked like dog food in their bowls.Only gave us one cup of carrots for 4 legged animals Felt so sad when we left. One big Hog was going after a smaller black hog chasing it around the cage. Very depressing for all the animals that had to stay there in this heat and filth. I hope this zoo gets picked up has good intentions
Written 18 April 2024
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Mobile31603
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Baby goats were so cute! A really nice little zoo with a variety of animals. They gave us 2 cups of carrots to feed the four legged animals. Very much fun!
Written 12 April 2024
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Gina C
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s important to keep in mind this is a non-profit and it isn’t going to look as fancy as a zoo you are used to going to. That being said our trip was better than I expected, I had a great time feeding the animals and seeing all the different species they had there. They take in neglected exotic pets and animals that may have otherwise been euthanized. The monkeys were all jumping around and having a great time. There is one that is alone but I’d have to think there is a good reason for it since they have others together. The bird enclosures were all clean and they were all singing and chattering away. The only thing I’d like to see in signs by the animals with a bit of information about what they are and maybe how they came to be at the sanctuary. We were on a little of a time constraint so spent about 1.5 hours there but I could have easily stayed longer and would definitely return!
Written 12 April 2024
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SueAnne A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
As an animal activist deeply committed to the welfare of all creatures, I must commend the efforts of Philip's Animal Garden. This sanctuary holds a special place in the hearts of those who truly understand the challenges of caring for animals on a desert island like Aruba.

It is essential to appreciate the context within which this sanctuary operates. While some may view them as sub-par due to financial constraints, it is crucial to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the individuals involved. Operating as a self-funded sanctuary in such a challenging environment is no easy feat, and they should be recognized for doing the best they can under such circumstances.

I saw them feeding Mazuri pellets, a high-quality but expensive feed, highlights their commitment to providing the best possible nutrition for the animals in their care. It is heartening to see that they prioritize the well-being of the animals above all else, even when faced with financial limitations. The fact that the same feed costs $60 per bag in Canada underscores the significant financial strain they must be under.

While it is true that more could be done, such as sterilization, it is important to remember the financial constraints that the sanctuary faces. Every effort they make, no matter how small it may seem, plays a crucial role in giving a voice to the voiceless and providing a safe haven for these animals.

I urge fellow animal advocates to visit Philip's animal garden, learn about their challenges, and support their endeavors in any way possible. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these animals and show our solidarity as advocates for their well-being. Let us stand together and support this sanctuary in their noble mission to care for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Written 11 April 2024
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Eloise A
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
animals are neglected. not enough space, or nutrition. definitely a zoo over a sanctuary. i’m from the uk and this place does not meet the welfare standards from home. animals should be fed more than dry nuggets
Written 24 March 2024
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Iris R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Donkeys, horses, snakes, monkeys, turtles, cats, and BIRDS! The parrots were all very talkative and gorgeous. The camel was also fun and unexpected!
Written 6 March 2024
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Jeremy S
Philadelphia, PA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This animal sanctuary truly exceeded our expectations. It was far larger than we expected, and amazingly clean. When you pay admission they give you a bag of treats and you can feed the animals as you walk around. They all appeared to be healthy and well cared for, with plenty of space in their enclosures. It is definitely not a zoo, although it is large enough that it almost could be. Definitely put this on your list if you're an animal lover!
Written 11 February 2024
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