Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

Located within the initial segment of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, the Chapultepec Zoo (Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec) spans an impressive 17 hectares. This renowned zoo holds the distinction of being the most frequented in Mexico, drawing more than 5 million visitors annually. The visionary behind its creation was none other than the esteemed Mexican biologist, Alfonso Luis Herrera.

Inspired by the Bioparco Roma Zoo in Italy, the design of the zoo took shape, with its foundations being laid back in 1923. Interestingly, the site had once served as the game reserve for the Aztec emperor Moctezuma. Before establishing this institution, Alfonso Luis Herrera embarked on a global expedition to study various zoological parks.

The zoo houses an impressive array of creatures, including captivating avian, mammalian, and reptilian species. Spanning 17 acres, the park is thoughtfully divided into separate sections that mimic distinct climatic conditions and vegetative environments. Notably, a butterfly park within its confines showcases more than 40 native butterfly species of Mexico.

In 1972, a significant addition was made to the zoo when the People's Republic of China generously gifted two giant pandas. Among the indigenous species, visitors can marvel at the elusive volcano rabbit, the majestic Mexican wolf, the spirited howler monkey, and the powerful Jaguar.

An essential facet of the Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec is its onsite laboratory for reproductive physiology, enabling the reproduction of non-native species in captivity through both natural and artificial means.

Why You Should Visit:
Lots of cool animals and the layout makes it easy to do sections or the whole zoo.
There are many trees and shady areas, so you won't feel beaten by the sun even on a warm day.
The zoo also has a food court with everything from McDonald's, Chinese, Mexican and Domino's Pizza.

Tip:
It is best to go in the morning when animals are most active and the heat is not an issue.
The butterfly enclosure is not free, but reasonably priced, and worth the walkthrough.
Spend a few extra pesos and take a paddleboat out on the lake, too!

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Chapultepec Zoo on Map

Sight Name: Chapultepec Zoo
Sight Location: Mexico City, Mexico (See walking tours in Mexico City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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