Famous throughout the country and region, the Guadalajara Zoo is one of the largest and most modern zoos in Mexico and considered to be one of the finest in all of Latin America. By number of species alone it is the biggest in the country. There’s a wide variety of animals organized by both species and geography, ranging from aquariums and herpetarium (reptile exhibits) to Australian and African habitats. The Masai Mara safari exhibit is home to many large mammals, while the Antarctica zone features a penguin kingdom. The zoo is noted for its diverse bird exhibits, as well as its endangered species native to Mexico. The rare Mexican wolf and Morelet’s crocodile have been bred and protected through the zoo’s conservation efforts.
In addition to the zoo’s exhibits, which allow for close-up views and animal encounters, there is a Panoramic Train and Sky Zoo cable car ride showcasing different perspectives. The zoo overlooks a large ravine, and the animal enclosures are larger than most, so views from above are impressive.
The Guadalajara Zoo is located in Barranca de Huentitan, about 30 minutes from the center of Guadalajara. It’s on the Paseo del Zoologico and is open from 10am-6pm daily. Admission is 75 pesos for adults and 45 for children. Picnic areas allow for outside food.