The Buenos Aires Zoo

(Photo by Diego3336)

The Buenos Aires Zoo is a special place in the city, not only because it displays a large variety of exotic animals, but also because it is an important investigation center and has beautiful architecture that dates back to the late 1800´s.

Eduardo Holmberg was an Argentine naturalist, author and an important figure for the country’s development of natural sciences. As the first director of the yet unbuilt zoo he put together a commission integrated by Florentino Ameghino, Carlos Berg and Lynch Ariibalzaga (3 renown zoologists and scientists) to design the layout. He also decided to have each of he pavilions designed in the architectural style of the country of origin of the animals that would go in them,  importing European, African and Asian species, which were exhibited next to many local animals. The purpose of the zoo was recreational in its origin but Holmberg encouraged scientific investigation first and foremost.

Now a days the Zoo maintains its scientific and ecologic focus and participates in investigations, conservation and educational projects and in many international conservation and wildlife foundations.  Additionally it welcomes local and international visitors who can enjoy the majestic beauty of the animals, and admire the stately premises.

Tours in English are available upon request and cover the history of the zoo, characteristics of urban zoos and more about the local flora and fauna. Reservations can be made at 4011 -9999 or visitasguiadas@zoobuenosaires.com.ar.

Nighttime visitations to the zoo are also offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and must be booked in advance at zoodenoche@zoobuenosaires.com.ar.

 

Buenos Aires Zoo

Open: Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm (Box office open until 5.30pm)

Av. Las Heras y Av. Sarmiento

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