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Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico)
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an enjoyable nature walk

Having been to all capitals of South and Central America (except Caracas) I must admit that the... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
saronic
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Zurich, Switzerland
the most beautiful tigers in spacious new cages

this zoo by international standards does not have much, but then the entrance fee is not much... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
Joanna F
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Paraguay
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

Having been to all capitals of South and Central America (except Caracas) I must admit that the generally not unpleasant city of Asuncion is also one of the greenest towns in this part of the world. I especially enjoyed my walk in the Botanical Garden.

From the entrance by Avenida Artigas start two hiking trails: the Circuito Mayor (4250m) and the Circuito minor (2705m). These two are for pedestrians, since there is also a 'Circuito vehicular', which most locals were using on the Sunday I was there. I went for the longer walk, which took me about 1 1/2h in a leisurely way. And I was practically alone all the time.

Walking on that trail one doesn't feel like being in a Botanical Garden, but in a naturally preserved local forest, with mainly deciduous trees, not too close to each other. Thus there is not always shade and sun protection is quite important.. I really enjoyed that walk, since one could also hear plenty of birds. Because there are several not marked branches it is not always easy to be on the right track. But it helps to know that every 250m there is a distance marker.

At one point one passes a grand traditional house, which cannot be visited. It was the summer house of the powerful president Carlos Antonio Lopez, built in 1840. The whole park was once his property, but then sold to a local bank. Two scientists of German origin, Carlos Fiebrig (of whom there is monument) and his wife Annae Gertz (a plaque can be seen in her honour) turned this area into the actual Botanical Garden in early 20th century. I was also interested to read that the Botanical Garden of Asuncion nowadays cooperates with the Botanical Garden in Geneva, especially in regards to the ethnobotany of the Guarani.

There is a zoo attached to it, but seeing a long queue I didn't bother visiting it. Instead I went into the Natural History Museum, probably the worst I have ever seen. It was a 19th century style museum with badly stuffed animals, dead snakes in glass and some Indian artefacts. To a friend I would say: Go and enjoy the lovely walk and forget about the rest.

1  Thank saronic
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

this zoo by international standards does not have much, but then the entrance fee is not much either. to get to know the native birds and animals in Paraguay it is worth a visit. The best thing for us last time as a family was the tigers. These were abandoned a few years ago by a circus passing through, and so the zoo has built lovely large new cages for them, and it is good to see them healthy and enjoying their new life!

Thank Joanna F
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

It´s very nice parc, but the zoo is from the 80ies. The standard is pretty low, tigers are fat and unhappy. Turtles, parrots and monkeys are nice too, but still - the cages are small and the area is not so big at all.
It can be a nice trip for the children, but for the adults, the parc isn´t highly recommended. Its nice to go for a walk and to admire giant bamboos and couple of metal sculptures.

Thank StarTravel2016
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

If you like to see tucans housed with turtles, this is the zoo for you. Like a lot of things in Paraguay, the zoo is a bit unusual. They do have a nice collection of big cats.... tigers, panthers, and lions. And there are the snakes, big ones! It's worth a visit, but it is a bit sad. But I suppose this is the nature of all zoos.

2  Thank Matheus007
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Botanical garden is free to enter although it wasn't what we really expected and instead was mainly just a large park.

The is the natural history museum inside the park which is also free to enter and it has some interesting exhibits. However, most of them aren't maintained properly and they lack explanations.

The zoo entrance costs 10,800 GS per adult and 5,400 GS for children between the ages of 6-12.

This is the most randomly organised zoo I've ever been too.

The paths and signs are very poorly done and it seems like the animal enclosures could be kept much cleaner and with more water!

We were especially amazed by the Cayman enclosure (I'm assuming it wasn't a crocodile) which had all fences broken making it effortless for the caymans to wonder around the zoo if they fancied it

I also don't understand why they must have so many tigers and other large wild cats.

I do hate zoos.

Thank TravelReviewer1983
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

If you like to visit Zoo you may appreciate some aspects of this zoo, but don't come with San Diego or Berlin in mind! It's a simple zoo, more in the history of zoological facilities of the 1920s: fenced animals. Despite of seeing that they are well fed, they don't look happy. The Botanical is also rather simples. Beautiful tree but no sign; great if you want to hear the birds and enjoy outdoors. Finally, the museu of Natural History is history in itself in the display format: old fashioned, but rich with some incredible pieces. Be open minded if you go!
Good luck!

Thank nelsoncerq
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Unless I missed them the botanical gardens only seemed to have trees and shrubs with very few flowers. The zoo was upsetting as the animals did not have much space. It is a difficult decision whether to visit a Zoo or not. My money helps feed the animals but when you visit a zoo like this you realise that giving an elephant or a tiger a tiny space is nothing less than cruelty.

2  Thank JosephineSalvador
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is a very well cared garden in Asuncion worth paying the entry fee for parking -about a dollar or two- and you can stroll under the shade of nice trees and flowers. I was surprised to find out that many people skip this place for other free green areas, but this is one is worth spending an afternoon. There is a zoo I did not visit, but i hear good comments from those who visited.

1  Thank DanteMR
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

It is a good place to discover in Asunción... it is a big park to spend some time or play outdoor sports. In the Zoo you can check usual animals and must look for Elephant, lions, tigers, hippo and more local species...

Thank LoveTravel375031
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

Leopard, jaguar, panther, lion, lioness, leopard (not a cheetah if you can distinguish), fox and tiger are all in the same zoo. You can see black cartoon bird with big yellow beak "toco toucan" in this zoo. Also there are local animals that are not acquainted, such as tapir. All the names are not written and the written things are only Spanish, so I dont know many of them's names.
Natural beauty is incredible as all around Asuncion known as the green capital

1  Thank Sezin T
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