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Curacao Zoo

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Address: Chuchubiweg z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
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+599 9 736 0188
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE COMING TEN YEAR!!Originally this was a natural...

UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE COMING TEN YEAR!!Originally this was a natural rainwater reservoir. During World War II, Dutch and American marines and soldiers used the area to do vehicle maintenance. There was always abundance of water in the area that’s why around the 1940’s trees and plants were cultivated and the park was known as "Plantentuin" (botanical garden). In the fifties in addition to the trees and plants, animals from different privately owned collections were exhibited. The area became a very popular site. The exotic/tropical animals became an attraction for the young and old. After years the area changed from botanical garden to a zoo. The government in 2000 installed a foundation with the sole function to manage the zoo. The foundation is called Fundashon Parke Tropikal Starting in 2011 a new and dynamic team of young professionals took the foundation to a new era. The New name is CURACAO ZOO & NATURE RESERVE.This new team set their goals and mission for the coming ten years to make of our national zoo a great area with international standards, this all cannot be completed only on the government funding, that’s why they are giving every person that visits the zoo the chance to adopt an animal or even an entire project .Upon request they can give you a great tour. For nearly sixty years only four acres where used, but in fact the zoo has more than nineteen acres to be converted in to a great attraction, a former dam that has become a nature reserve is also part of this giant plan with more than sixty acres to add to the final plan.

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Playground needs shade

The zoo is ok, highlight was the very old lion at the entrance... He didn't look very happy though. The playground looked cute but you could fry an egg on the equipment, no shade... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
Jennefer P
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Sint Maarten, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Sint Maarten, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The zoo is ok, highlight was the very old lion at the entrance... He didn't look very happy though. The playground looked cute but you could fry an egg on the equipment, no shade provided and it gets extremely hot.

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Thank Jennefer P
Management response:

Good day Jennefer,Thanks for your review... The poles are in place and shortly we will have the shading mesh for the small playground. The rest(bigger playground) will have shading of the big trees. You can see into our masterplan on our website. We hope to see you back on Curaçao and ofcourse our national Zoo so you can enjoy our... More 

Calgary, Canada
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2 reviews
Reviewed 13 June 2016

First off the place is currently under some sort of renovations, and most of it is closed to the public right now. That having been said, if you are coming from anywhere with any kind of reputable zoo, you probably shouldn't bother coming. The only animals that we saw that were anyway relevant to Curacao were two ostrich and some... More 

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Thank djrudiak
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

The zoo is kept clean. Sometimes they have movies nights. Sometimes they have carnival style games for the kids to play. Lots of lights everywhere. Food stands and a play ground.

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Thank Stephanie L
Yellowknife, Canada
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015

This zoo is under renovations...for the next 15 years!! Seriously. It was such a sad zoo with many sad caged animals (monkeys, goats, ostrich, a puma, snake, birds, flamingos, pigs, donkeys). The place actually looked abandoned except for a dozing security guard. We asked "how much?" and he said "free". How do they expect to pay for renovations if they... More 

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6 Thank doubleosting
Curacao Z, Manager at Curacao Zoo, responded to this review

Good day, for your info our renovation plan is going on from 2013- 2023. so not 15 but 10 years. and in hte past 2 years maybe not for the common eye but internally alot has been done. to rebuild a 63 year old park that has stoot still in time, takes alot. to restructure takes time, our zoo staff... More 

Willemstad, Curacao
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2014 via mobile

The best way to spent a saturday night with the kids. It brought back so many memories. Zoovie nigth was awesome. Keep up the great job.

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Thank MyrishadeLima
Leslie, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2014

On the face of it, there is not a whole lot that is special about this zoo; however, once you get a chance to explore, there is a lot going on. The zoo is primarily run through volunteer work, and is currently reinventing itself as a habitat-centered zoo. There is a lot of construction work, and this zoo is clearly... More 

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1 Thank Michael S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Nice park with a lot of shadow and a lot of history. Animals are well taken care of by skilled professionals and volunteers. Kids will love the playground which is very adequate for parties too!

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2 Thank Dino F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

The zoo is a adorable.. it has many room to grow it has new animals and is improving a lot.. the tour guide is amazing and the animals are adorable. There is an amazing parking space, awesome food and an awesome environment for kids..

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2 Thank Roosje146
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Improving, new animals, new activities, clean, secured, great parking space, excellent staff&volunteers, relaxing environment ♡

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3 Thank RoenaMeijer
Willemstad, Curacao
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2013

As a local, I visit the Zoo regularly. True, they have had some really rough times, since they depend a lot on help from the "outside world", especially moneywise and the finish line is not in sight as yet. However, it is amazing to watch the growth and improvement in such a relatively short time. The management is outstanding and... More 

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1 Thank anitashavique

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