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The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, established in 1865, is Vietnam's largest zoo and botanical garden. Located on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, T.P. in Ho Chi Minh City, it is home to over a hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as many rare orchids and ornamental plants. Also within the grounds is the Museum of Vietnamese History, housing some 25,000 artifacts of history, culture and ethnography of South Vietnam. The grounds also include a monument to Vietnamese people who were killed in World War I. Other parts of the zoo are divided into animal and plant conservation areas, an orchid garden, and an amusement park.
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We went to the Zoo one day, just for some thing different. Its pretty run down and the standard of animal care would I suspect fall far short of European standards. Its a relic, a throw back but despite its limitations we enjoyed our visit. Some of the cages are like big bird cages which are quite attractive in their own right. They aren't very practical though. We watched baby monkeys squeezing out between the bars which were far too wide to keep them in. Some of the animals (the elephants in particular) swayed in that rhythmic way they do when they are completely bored. The Gibbons have a great trick. they let you get up close then throw Pooh at you, which they collect fresh from their bottoms. There are lots of Rats running around in the undergrowth, presumably living well on the spit food. But for all of this we found it a fascinating place to visit and you have to have a sense of proportion. Remember where you are.
Though I loved the Botanical Garden the depressing sight of lonely, caged animals left me feeling depressed and sad. Whether they are kept well or not, I cannot say, as I am not knowledgeable in these matters. I will say though that the gardens offer a brief respite from a hectic, humid HCMC afternoon. 50,000 D to enter for adults
The zoo is located in the gardens. The zoo is appalling. Animals are underfed and not given the proper environment. Money is spent more on the upkeep of the flower pots lining the sidewalks than on the animals. Otter exhibits had a pond with no water? I'm not really sure I understand. Tigers were deathly skinny and had a space only fit for, say, a monkey. Horrible place, has been reported to conservation groups. Do not give your business to this place !
Sad images. Animals are thin and don't seem to be happy. The botanical garden is nothing special. Not worth to visit. The only plus side is that it is quiet and a bit more nature which the city lacks of.
heard about the owner's story about being so rich and then searching for virgins with his right hand man. not cool! Novel investors.
It was a sad sight. The animals are not well kept. Most enclosures are too small with very little water given the heat. Funny since there is a massive kid's pool full of water. It feels more like an amusement park with animals than an actual zoo. Very little educational information. Also the flowers are mainly natives that don't need much upkeep anyway. Litter everywhere, even in the enclosures. There are bins everywhere so I don't understand why there is so much litter.
I regret coming into this place. The animals didnt look too happy; a lot of them looked tired and sick (not that i expect animals in captivity to be happy). The botanical garden part wasnt that great either. Not very well kept. Try to stick to the Vietnam History Museum which is in the same area. That was magnificent.
It is a nice zoo in the middle of Saigon with a big area and various expositions of animals and plants. Really liked the bonsai park, they have many styles of them. Of course, it seems that some animals are put in small cages and they are struggling to live there, especially when they are put alone in the cage... Sad view loooking at one shimpanzee put alone in the cage who was just sitting and staring at the wall, sometimes shaking from side to side just to entertain herself...
The Thao Cam Vien is one of many popular hictoric places in Saigon. But so many years without careful reversed it had lost it's beauty. Thank to the one who make its called Rubik zoo. The transformation is so awesome. New vehicles, new services, new animals.. yeah it become the great place to spend time with family especially with kids.
In many cases, the animals at this zoo do not appear to have the best habitats. Small enclosures, concrete floors and trees, even escaped baby monkeys... If you're the kind of person that is okay with visiting zoos as long as the animals are well cared for with proper enclosures, I would probably not recommend that you go to this one.
I should have read the reviews first, came out with a sour taste in my mouth knowing I'd paid towards this s**thole excuse for a "zoo" The animals were clearly bored, the cages were small, the enclosures mainly consisted of concrete, the water if any, had never been changed. I counted 5 huge rates inside the encloses, one even went up to a swan and took a nibble at its feet... The tipping point for me was a mongoose pacing up and down in the same spot for the 2 minutes I could bare to watch... You could see where he'd warn down the concrete floor he'd been doing it so long. You can see in the attached image the type of encloses all over... Seriously f**ked up and depressing place that looks like it has never been kept well at all. Do not visit this place.
This Zoo is the right size. It reminds me of the zoo of Lyon (France), but back in 1982 :) The botanical section is actually interesting. Nice place to just walk around. Get plenty of fluids with you... the weather will not be friendly.
It used to be a very good zoo but day after day it was not well well maintained. Anyway, all the century-old trees here are very unique and invaluable. Hope the government will do all the best to reserve this zoo and all the trees.
The animal enclosure feels too run down and too small for the animals. The Flora and fauna is not bad. 50000VND (SGD$3) which is very affordable. The deer enclosure was the only one that felt big enough for the animals. The rest was just saddening to see. The weather was so hot that it changes a bit of the mood too, even the reptiles are hiding in the shade.
The botanical gardens are beautiful. The zoo, though, is s different story. Many of the animal enclosures seem to be the original ones from the 1930s (?); think concrete floors, cast iron bars, and not much else. From a historical perspective it's amazing, but it's clearly not great for the animals. I watched a nervous-looking mongoose run back and forth inside of what seemed like an oversized bird cage at about 7:30, and when I passed back through an hour later, the poor thing was still running back and forth on the same spot.
All the elephants were swaying - a clear sign of distress and depression in elephants. Really sad to see the orangutans reaching out their hands to people so they would throw food in and bears up on their hind legs trying to perform for the guests. Most enclosures were lacking water and I saw no enrichment items to keep animals entertained while in such small enclosures. I gave two stars because the grounds are nice and it's s historical zoo and the gibbon enclosure was actually quite good - completely open with plenty of trees. If they focused on reducing the number of different species and made larger modern enclosures with educational information it would actually be OK and popular especially with foreigners
Run down and old. Was not impressed. How they treated the animals was almost inhumane it was a cage fest of the lowest. If you have respect for animals. I would not recommend going to this zoo. Its really really really bad. It almost makes me want to cry how inhumane they are. Being able to walk with the flimingos was the only thing that seemed to be alright. Also the night market nextdoor was amazing and had lots of great food.
Worst place I have ever been to. Visitors chuck their rubbish at the animals and no one stops them. I witnessed and photographed a crocodile with a half smoked cigarette on its head, another surrounded with plastic bottles. A child throw a drinks can at a bear and a man throw a plastic bottle to the Orangutans. All the enclosed are dirty and run down and way too small. This place should not exist it is animal cruelty everywhere you look.
We actually had a surprisingly good time at this Zoo. Some of the cages seemed a bit too small for the animals but where kept pretty clean regardless. The price was only 50 dong per adult admission. The white tigers where the best part. There was not a very large variety of snacks available once inside. So, I would recommend eating before hand or bringing your own food. The butterfly exhibit was closed while were where there, which was disappointing. Would recommend spending at least 3 hours to see the whole park.
Spent a leisurely morning strolling the zoo and botanical gardens. Not the biggest or the best in the world but a very solid effort and highly enjoyable. Only downside is there is no map when you enter so you wander and take it in. Fairly small in size so not a huge problem. Everyone was very hospitable to me - a six foot tall white haired US citizen. Well worth the time and the small admission fee.
Sad place... really left abandoned. Animals look in really bad conditions.. look like they are dying. I wouldn't recommend it at all. Not worth the visit. Only a few nice plants around.
Not just a zoo but a botanical garden. Most of the information placards seemed to be about the animals but you'll also enjoy the flora, particularly if you don't care for - or are distressed - seeing animals behind bars, high walls and cages. There are also a range of fairground type rides, eg. dodgems, as well as various catering booths. A nice enjoyable morning visit will do the trick very nicely. The place is also popular with family groupings.