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Dr Juan A Rivero Zoo

Although located in Mayaguez on the east coast of Puerto Rico - and so rather off the beaten tourist track in Puerto Rico - the Dr Juan A Rivero Zoo is a world-class establishment, and well worth a visit for animal lovers and for those who are passionate about wildlife conservancy. The island's only large-scale zoo, since its establishment in 1954 the Dr Juan A Rivero Zoo has been growing a collection of rare and exotic animals that now includes lions, tigers, jaguars, hippos, giraffes and rhinos, as well as many species of tropical birds and large and varied collections of butterflies, amphibians and snakes. Central to the Zoo's growth has been a focus on conservancy, and several native species - including the Andean condor and the Puerto Rican crested toad - have benefited greatly from this approach. Featuring several recreated 'habitat systems' (including the tropical Spider Monkey Island), as well as numerous recreation areas, the Dr Juan A Rivero Zoo is a wonderful place to take the kids for the day. Budget at least two or three hours to take it all in.

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$6 (Adults), $4 (Children 11-17), $2 (Children 5-10)


Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico.


The United States Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency, which is divided into 100 cents. It is often referred to as the 'peso' in Puerto Rico. ATMs and bureaux de change are freely available and all major credit cards and travellers cheques are generally accepted. Banking hours are 9am to 3.30pm.

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Open Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30am to 5pm


Local time is GMT -4.

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