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“Family trip to the zoo”

Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

The zoo is unlike any other. You get up close to snakes, baby white tiger and a giraffe. That's about it. The facilities are barely maintained and the attention is poor. The animals look distressed and in poor health. After so many years of not visiting a zoo, these one reminded me of why certain ones should not exist if they can't take good care of them and provide the proper space for each species.

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Reviewed 4 January 2016

It is like 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz.
It is properly sign to get there.
The Price is 12 dollars for adults.
The go karts, canopy,horse riding are charge extra.
The kangaroos are sick, the go karts do not work.
The giraffe is normally resting so you rarely can see her.
The área to wait for horse riding need to improve they are no waiting área.
Your time of visit is mostly for 2 and 1/2 hours.
They have swimming pool but they are not so clean.

1  Thank Gladys A
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

This was a side trip that turned out to be excellent. The park was established by a drug load for his own amusement. The Honduran government confiscated it and it's now public. The park is very well kept and the animal enclosures are well maintained and clean. The park is a bit of a driving away from everything, but if you like, there are buses from the town of Santa Cruz to the zoo. There is a nice and clean cafeteria too. This is a large property and also has nice walking trails. I don't recomend the pools.

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Reviewed 2 August 2015

I'm not a zoo person, I'm not a fan of animals in captivity. That said, the animals looked healthy, some of the pens were a little small, but overall good. The staff was friendly and helpful, the zoo clean. If you don't ride the bus thing around, be prepared to walk: wear sunscreen, have lots of water. The road to the zoo's a bit rough, so be warned. They offer cabins where you can stay, the ones I saw overlook the park, so would probably be very nice at night. My 10 and 15 year old Honduran daughters LOVED this place, so great for kids. They also have a pizza place that makes it while you wait: it's decent pizza, a bit slow to get, but very affordable and they have shaded tables.

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Reviewed 8 July 2015

Well, the story goes that this zoo belonged to some drug lords, the government took it from them and they kept it open as per the people request, the charge is pretty cheap and you pay in Honduras money.

If you're are in San Pedro Sula, it's like an hour and a half away, once you get off the highway the road becomes a little rough, you'll love the view and the people that live around it. Go comfortable and bring water, you'll be doing a lot of walking.

Now, the animals here you'll only see them on TV or in this zoo, I mean they have animals that you only see at the Zahara, , Africa, Rocky Mountains, really exotic animals, like the white tiger, camels (at least 3 different types), hippopotamus, zebras, giraffes, tigers, lions, buffalo, dear, wilder beast, Pony Horses, Lots of Macaw with different colors and sizes, Peacocks walking around and in trees, panthers, cougars, I mean a lot of different and exotic animals.

4  Thank Mmartinez25
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