Most of these animals they had only seen in books so being just a few feet away was quite a thrill. I asked several of the little girls what their favorite animal was at the zoo and they responded “butterfly”. Even though we were there only a couple hours everyone was tired and many fell asleep on the way back to Granada. I think the adults had more fun than the kids.
If you decide to do something similar for a group make sure you get a bus and driver that is ensured for liability. I hope to put together a binder of these photos so the kids can remember the trip and show others.
So all in all it was like the American Express commercial:
Bus and driver - $115 each trip
Admission – $.80 each
Fun and memories – Priceless!
The National Zoo of Nicaragua in Managua is home to over 650 different animal species, from tiny hummingbirds to African lions. A majority of the species are wild but the zoo also cares for a few abandoned pets and domesticated animals like chickens, ducks and geese. The zoo is a popular place for tourists, families and student groups – people of all ages enjoy a day with the animals. One of the most recent additions to the facility is the orchid and butterfly gardens. The focus of the National Zoo is the fauna of Nicaragua and Central America and the zoo carries out extensive health and rehabilitation programs for wild animals seized by local authorities.
The Nicaragua National Zoo is located at Kilometer 16 of the Managua-Masaya road. It is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (closed on Mondays). Phone numbers are (505) 2279 8806 (505) 2279 8782. Entrance fees are C$20 for each person regardless of age and C$100 for non-residents. There is a separate fee of C$20 for the butterfly and orchid garden. There is a small café where you can get some food and drinks.
We would recommend the zoo to everyone. It is a very nice zoo where you can get within a few feet of the lions, tigers, pumas and so much more. Take your neighbor kids with you.