Either they have been doing some extreme experiments in genetic engineering down here, or South American animals are just very different. To be fair, the zoo did not seem all that well maintained, so it’s very possible that the animals are escaping frequently and doing some of their own ‘genetic engineering’ if you know what I mean.
In reality, there are at least 2 reasons why this zoo is worth checking out:
1) The crazy, crazy animals
2) The fact that many of the crazy, crazy animals roam free throughout the grounds rather than being confined to a cage
Let’s start with a few of the crazy animals (which also happen to be roaming free):
Exhibit A: Duck + Turkey = Durkey?
Exhibit B: Beaver/Gopher/Hedgehog = BeapherHog?
Exhibit C: Our personal favorite, the Rabbit/Deer = Dabbit?
The above three animals (Durkeys, BeapherHogs and Dabbits) are all over the zoo, just kind of hanging out. Other animal hybrid creations apparently are less friendly and need to be kept in cages. For instance…
Exhibit D: The Tapir
Exhibit E: These guys
Exhibit F: Anteater thing
Exhibit G: Satan goat
Exhibit H: These guys
In addition to having animals that you’re unlikely to have ever seen before, there are some animals that would be normal-ish except that they seem to have gone a bit crazy. For example:
Exhibit I: Smiling Llama
Exhibit J: Flaccid Camel
Exhibit K: Acro Elephant
There were lots of other more normal animals as well of course like lions and tigers and birds and stuff. You can check out the rest of our photos in our photo gallery: Buenos Aires City Zoo Photos
Just because the lemurs and the baby hippo were particularly entertaining we took a couple of videos:
The Buenos Aires City Zoo is located in Palermo right next to the Botanical Garden–The main entrance is right next to Plaza Italia and it costs AR$15/ticket for a general entrance or a little more if you want to go into the special attractions (which didn’t seem to be worth it). It’s fully outdoors, so probably not fun in the rain.
Also, they have a pretty crazy website with more info, lots of pics/videos and annoying music: http://www.zoobuenosaires.com.ar/index.php
It’s cheap, it’s centrally located and it has most of the craziest animals we’ve ever seen. It’s always a bit depressing to see caged animals and some of these animals looked pretty unhappy, but overall we enjoyed the zoo far more than we thought we would. It shouldn’t be on the top of your list of things to do on a short vacation here, but it’s a fun way to spend a few hours and we’d highly recommend it.
Anyone out there have any idea what some of those animals are?