Here you will find the facts, information and map of the Zoo in Buenos Aires then we will take you for the tour of the Animals' World
Buenos Aires Zoo - Facts, Info and Map.
The Zoo was officially inaugurated on October 30, 1888, after the separation from the larger recreational area of the Park of February 3 (Parque Tres de Febrero).
At that time the area was located in the suburbs of the city of Buenos Aires. Today, more than hundred years later it is the heart of the bustling district of Palermo.
The good part of this central location is that everyone has possibility to walk to the Zoo Park like to the coffee bar – without making any big plans no waiting for the weekend.
In fact the general admission ticket cost (18 Ar Pesos – $4.5 US) is only slightly higher than that of a good cup of coffee. Obviously kids are the biggest winners- being able to get familiar with animals from the early years.
The bad part of this location is the lack of space for growth as well as for modernization required by evolving standards of Zoos. Needless to say that most Zoos around the world were (or are being) seriously re-modeled these years.
Monument of Dr. Eduardo Ladislao Holmberg (1857-1937) – the first director of the Zoological Garden of Buenos Aires from 1888 till 1904.
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Right after entering the Zoo from the Plaza Italia you will see waters of the Darwin Lake. Its far shore is largely occupied by flamingos, and waters abundant with all kind of ducks (including Muscovy Ducks) and colorful fish. You will see Black Swans slowly plowing water full of usual grace.
World of the finest art - "Nude" by the Argentinian Sculptor Lola Mora.
This is a fortunate and long awaited outcome of changes in our understanding that Zoo is not just a recreational area for us, human beings where as an “extra” bonus animals are being kept behind the bars.
It is mainly their place, their home where they live permanently. To see them in good shapes, in imposing postures and proud of who they are we definitely must do better in providing them environment as close as possible to their natural habitat with enough of a roaming space.
Solar Clock - can you imagine a more gentle way of showing the time? For many time will stop here :-)
Domingo Sarmiento is rightfully considered as the father of the Zoological Park in Buenos Aires after laying out the grounds for the recreational park where the animals were occupying a small section.
His idea was later carried out by Antonio Crespo who created the Zoo Park as an independent entity extending over the area of 18 hectares (45 acres). Late 90’s brought major re-work to the park’s infrastructure re-locating most animals from behind the bars into newly designed and more open and comfortable areas.
Elephant Palace - a replica of a Hindu Temple in India
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From the left: Southern Screamer (Chaja), Muscovy Duck (Pato Criollo)) and Black Swan (Cisne Negro) - these are only few from the numerous birds you will find on the waters of the Darwin Lake.
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Free roaming animals and the interesting picture of an tree starting new life..... all that in the Zoo Park.
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From the left: Peacock from the back is also very interesting.
Then you see a widely respected Andean Condor and finally a "Rainbow" colored Toucan.
If you want to see and learn more about toucans then you are invited to the Parque des Aves (a bird park near Iguazu Falls) selecting the link: Toucans Birds Park
To see the condors or their relatives vultures please select the link:
Andean Condors - or-
Eagles and Vultures
The Zoo of Buenos Aires is quite unique in a sense that you can enjoy there not only the great variety of animal species but also numerous architectural art-works, all combined together in this recreational enclave.
Crespo together with the first directors – Eduardo L. Holmberg and Clemente Onelli had a great vision to create this zoo park as an area of art and monuments. No wonder that in 1997 the whole Zoo Park was declared as the National Historical Monument.
The most striking is probably the Elephant Palace build as a replica of the Goddess Nimaschi in Mumbai. This octagonal structure with four towers richly decorated with sculptures attributed to Lucio Correa Morales was designed by Virgilio Cestari.
Inaugurated on Feb 3, 1094 today is a home for 2 elephants. Recently the structure was classified as a part of national heritage and currently is being renovated (2011).
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From the left: American Alligator, Yarara and a giant turtle....
It seems that the main idea behind this and other art projects in the park was to create a strong visual connection between animals and countries of their origins.
Another classical structure is a Vesta Chapel – a circular building with Corinthian columns. To add more to the architectural charm of the Zoo park - the main entry resembles the famous Titus’ Arch of Triumph in Rome.
Like almost everywhere across the city of Buenos Aires you will also find here many beautiful sculptures dotting the park’s landscape.
The most beautiful and worth of mentioning are the “Girl with Flowers” – a replica of Antonio Canova work (Italian neoclassical sculptor from XVIII-XIX Century famous for his marble sculptures of nudes), the “Fallen Monkey” made by Decimo Passani (XX century Italian sculptor) and a female shape by the Argentinean Lola Mora.
The Zoo is located at the intersection of Las Heras and Avenida Sarmiento – corner of the Plaza Italia. Next to the Zoo there are two other beautiful recreational and equally old areas – Parque Tres de Febrero and the Botanical Garden – both worth of your time.
Please Do Not confuse the old Palermo Zoological Garden with the new one – Temaiken, located in Escobar at about 50 km (30 miles) from Buenos Aires.
To continue the visit to the zoo park and finally see all big cats click: Buenos Aires Zoo Tour - next (page 2)
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