Emperor Valley Zoo, Port Of Spain
Emperor Valley Zoo - A Quick Overview[Contribute/Review]
Address: Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Emperor Valley Zoo, Port Of Spain
Venture through this mini animal civilization, where macaws eat fruit and green iguanas change colour more times than a teenage girl changes her shirt. The Emperor Valley Zoo is home to all kinds of cute, fuzzy rodents, sly reptiles, birds and mammals, all taken care of with tender care. Make yourself feel at home and take part in the animals daily routines as the go about chomping, shuffling and snoozing.
Situated just adjacent to the Botanical Gardens, the zoo is 7.2 acres of land turned into the homes of a modest but lively collection of animals. The animals have been placed in comfortable and spacious enclosures with pathways, fences and buildings which work together with the natural landscape of the area, creating save havens for each animal to live in. Founded in 1947, the zoo has always placed maximum important on the fauna of the island and has become integral to sustaining wildlife on the island. Today, the zoo is filled with inhabitants that are both exotic to the outside observer and indigenous to islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The zoo houses many animals that can only be found upon the islands, especially the smaller rodents and reptiles.
- Visit the specious habitat of the giraffes and watch them feast upon the tender most leaves from atop the trees.
- The zoo is home to a variety of small animals, such as the nocturnal crab-eating raccoon, that’s cute as a button but actually quite a meat eater, and the Agouti, a small mouse like mammal that live on roots, fruit and leaves.
- The giant otter, both clever and outgoing, is usually a hit with visitors, especially children who are charmed by this moustached mammal.
- Rhinoceros iguanas, green iguanas and even a large boa constrictor will greet reptile lovers as they follow you with their eyes.
- Pelicans, macaws, mot mot and a host of other rainbow-hued birds will sing, trill and chatter as you walk by them! The brightly coloured toucan is a Trinidad native and joins in this chorus with aplomb!
- There are a host of primates that live in these trees, such as the loud Howler monkey, distinctive thanks to its reddish brown coat.
- You can meet Crocy the American crocodile, one of the oldest animals at the zoo. Almost thirty years old, Crocy is still sprightly and enjoys devouring fish, crabs, small mammals and carrion. Yum.
- You can also meet Spike, the porcupine. What’s special about Spike is that his tail is much longer than the average porcupine, giving him a very distinct look.
Emperor Valley Zoo Information
- The Zoo’s Cafe is opened throughout the year and coincides with the opening hours of the Zoo.
- Zoo souvenirs are sold at the “Zoo Shoppe” located obliquely opposite the Zoo Cafe.
- Monkeys are fed everyday at 2:00pm.
- Lions are fed everyday at 2:30pm.
- Reptiles including snakes and crocodilians are fed after 12 noon on weekends.
- This is not a place for someone with impaired mobility.
- Feeding by the public is prohibited.
- Do not throw anything into pools or enclosures—cellophane and polythene wrappers are especially dangerous to animals.
- Barriers and rails are provided for safety. They are not for reaching across or for using as seats — Never Cross a Barrier.
- Please keep the Zoo clean.
- Their Zoo staff are there to assist.
Emperor Valley Zoo Ticket Prices
- 12 years and under: TT $15.00
- 13 years and over: TT $30.00
How To reach Emperor Valley Zoo by Public Transport
- Trinidad and Tobago has a wide-ranging system of public transport, including a state owned bus service, taxis and maxi-taxis (mini buses and vans).
Restaurants Near Emperor Valley Zoo
- Aioli (European, French, Italian, Spanish)
- Chaud Creole (Caribbean)
- Restaurant Singhi (Chinese)
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Emperor Valley Zoo, Port Of Spain Reviews
Growing up in Trinidad in the 90s, I loved going to the Emperor Valley Zoo and over 20 years later, my sentiment is the same. Despite significant changes in the animal displayed and the infrastructure, the mission remains largely conservation and preservation and I admire that it is one of the few zoos, from those I have visited across various continents, which has the large majority of its animals from the local region. Worth a visit. But definitely ask if all the part of the zoo are open before paying entry- my favourite element the Aquariums were completely closed the last time I visited without notification from the reception/cashier.
I love the zoo, but I guess now that I am older I am seeing what they use to keep the animals contained. It is sad when you realize that the tigers have electric fences and the giraffe has less than a lot of land to run in, and the ocelots are not allowed more than the space of a toilet cubicle to live in. They are beautiful creatures, but they are not in the least comfortable even though they have always lived in captivity 😔 at least the monkeys are given a bigger space to play in, and others to play with. Why secluded the others?
My husband and I visited the zoo on Sunday January 14. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The entrance fee for adults on a weekend is $30 person plus we had to pay for parking. There was a sign on the gate in the parking area that lists the daily rate of $20.00 so I thought as we were just spending a few hours we would have paid for the number of hours we were at the zoo. But it was not like that, we had to pay the entire $20.00. I am concerned about the animals like the crocodiles not having enough water to swim in and tigers and lions space to run about and stretch their limbs. 😔😔 I was impressed to see the care takers showing love, warmth and care to the animals. You can feed the giraffes at $10.00 for two biscuits!😲😲 All in all we enjoyed our trip to the zoo! Note eventhough I am complaining about the prices I kind of understand and the property and animals need to be maintained so the money has to come from somewhere right?? FOOD FOR THOUGHT: But shouldn't the higher prices be charged during the week and lower fees on the weekend as more people are more liable to visit the zoo on weekends?
I love the zoo but the place is a little run down. The zookeepers are very knowledgeable but they are seldom around. The zoo could use more animals and better places to treat their animals. Overall my visit to the zoo has been an enjoyable one and I hope to go again as soon as possible
Place is clean and the zoo keepers are knowledgeable about the animals. It was lovely to feed the giraffes! One improvement is that it would be nice to have more of some of the animals. For example, there was only one zebra, one ape. Apparently, this ape has been living alone for 5 years without any of it's family members! Sad indeed. There should also be a greater presence of zoo keepers to explain more about these lovely animals. Please check their website/Facebook page for feeding times to know your best time to be there depending on which animals are of particular interest to you. There is also a feeding schedule posted where you pay. Good experience!