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It’s All Happening At The Zoo

The Buenos Aires Zoo

The Buenos Aires Zoo

I want to get something straight. Right from the git go. I don’t care for zoos. There I said it. In fact, I don’t ‘do’ animal parks. Or Disneyland or 6 Flags or any of that amusement park stuff. I just don’t. I hate the crowds. Especially crowds of unruly kids. Of which there are always some — meaning too many — every time I go to one of these venues.

Siesta time at the Zoo

Siesta time at the Zoo

Anyway — that said — I was in Buenos Aires for 23 days. So there was bound to be a zoo trip. A reluctant Zoo trip. A ‘my-readers-will-want-to-know-about-this’ trip, one which would be an enormous sacrifice for a nonbeliever such as myself. Or so I thought.

Peacocks wander freely at the Zoo

Peacocks wander freely at the Zoo

Wrong! It was an amazing day! The Buenos Aires Zoo is small as Zoos go. It’s about 45 acres in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires. The Zoo contains 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds, with a total of over 2,500 different animals.

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Grassy areas of the park are full of native birds and rodents, which come to the zoo for the food thrown to the animals by visitors. You will see kiosks selling Zoo-sanctioned animal food in the form of pellets. BUY THESE! It’s just too much fun to pet and feed ponies, donkeys, sheep, and goats. This part of the zoo is also home to turkeys, chickens, roosters, pigs, rabbits, cows and horses. Nutria, rabbits, and peacock roam the park freely. A variety of monkeys and small mammals inhabit the zoo. Although some are in cages, others are housed on the islands in the zoo’s many ponds, or roam free.

I fell in love with a Mara who kept following me

I fell in love with a Mara who kept following me


It is so cool to interact this way with the animals. And the fact that it is sanctioned! In fact, I fell in love with a mara who kept following me around…looking for sanctioned handouts no doubt! We established full-on eye contact — I know we did.

Eland Antelope very endangered

Eland Antelope very endangered

Along with the usual Lions and Tigers and Bears you will see: Amphibious Hippos, Meerkats, White Rhinoceros, Mandrils, Tapirs, Condors, Carpinchos

Carpincho.  The world's largest rodent.

Carpincho. The world’s largest rodent.

I could go on. In fact, you will see more versions of a camelid than you may have known possible: Alpaca, Llama, Vicuña and Guanaco.

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I loved the Pygmy Goats. They butted heads with one another as they tried to vie for my attention (and sanctioned food) and they let me touch them. Which I found out later — was not so good — they were pretty stinky!

It Don't Matter If You're Black or White

It Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White

You will be pretty amazed at the variety of creatures that are housed here at the Buenos Aires Zoo. It’s a great place for children of all ages. Take the time to go to the Zoo. Even if you don’t have kids with you. I recommend it. Who knows…you may even fall in love with a mara. And as always….Buen Viaje!

Mara or Patagonian Rabbitt

Mara or Patagonian Rabbitt

Where: Avenida Sarmiento y Avenida Las Heras directly in front of Plaza Italia

When: Open Daily 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays open until 6:30

Fee: $130 ARS for persons 12 years and older

By Andy Alexander
December 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina




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