Situated in 24.5 hectares of leafy vegetation bordered by a lake, the Benito Juarez Zoological Park offers the chance to get that bit closer to nature, and to enjoy a whole-family experience in the heart of Michoacan.
Of the zoo's 400 species and 3,400 specimens, 100 are endangered and at risk of extinction. Some of these species can only be found in zoos in Latin America, as is the case with the zoo’s pair of rare “Bonobo” Chimpanzees, its “Pygmy” Hippopotamus, “Tonkean” Macaques, Asian Black Bears, a pair of Asian and African Elephants, two Giraffes, a King Vulture, and the broadest collections of bears, primates, birds and felines in the whole of Mexico.
One of the zoo's primary aims is to cultivate the perfect environment for reproduction. As a result of its efforts, some significant and memorable births have taken place, such as that of a baby Pygmy Hippopotamus, a ring-tailed Lemur, a number of Jaguars, Bengal Tigers, Ocelots, Flamingos and a baby Chimpanzee.
One of the most extraordinary animals to which the park is home is the White Lion, a rare mutation of the South African lion that owes its colour to a recessive gene. Their distinctive colour is also a grave disadvantage as they're easy for prey and hunters to spot. This has led to their near extinction in the wild.
As well as its vast variety of species, the park offers family activities such as guided tours, green areas, a play area, an artificial lake for motorboat rides and a tram. It also offers you the chance to visit the night parks, revealing how animals behave during the night. Your unforgettable visit to the night parks will be accompanied by atmospheric African music, torch lighting, fire performances, exotic food and train rides.