Guyana National Zoo
No trip to Georgetown would be complete without a visit to the Botanical Gardens – one of Georgetown’s popular recreation parks. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and a bandstand. In 1877, Government voted $72,000 to establish the Gardens, and John Frederick Waby, the first gardener, arrived in Georgetown from the United Kingdom in December 1878. He spent 35 years in Guyana landscaping one of the finest tropical gardens in the region. These gardens have a huge variety of tropical flowers and one of the finest collection of palms, as well as lovely lilies. An example of the gardens vast collection are the lotus and the immense Victoria Regia Lily, Guyana’s national flower. The first attempt to establish a Zoo dates back to 1880, but the members of the Royal Agricultural Society were opposed to the idea. However in 1952, the Zoological Park was declared open. The Guyana Zoo is also located within the Botanical Gardens and exhibits a variety of the world’s most impressive species of indigenous flora and fauna from the large and virgin rainforests of Guyana. Some endangered species can also be found at the zoo. For example, harpy eagles, jaguars, a giant otter and West Indian manatees.
The Zoo is currently undergoing major renovation and refurbishing works under the ‘Three Parks Initiative” a project of the Ministry of Natural Resources & the Environment.
Open : minimum 9.30am-5.30pm
Entrace fee: Yes
For kids: Playgrounds and pettingarea
Food: The Zoo has a place where you can get a snack
Taking photos: Is allowed, if publiciesed, please mention the zoo on your homepage
Phone number 627 6215
Address: Guyana National Zoo, Regent & Vlissengen Roads,Georgetown,Guyana
Where to finde the Park:
I don't have any guides of this zoo. I dont know if they have made any guides. Does any body know if they made any guides? And where I can get those?
In the years 1977 and 2002 they had theire anniversarry Have they made any books on this occassion?