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Time to visit Santo Domingo’s Zoo

Last year, the National Zoological Park in Santo Domingo received 217,197 visitors despite operating on what it calls a meager budget of RD$57 million.

According to zoo director Patricia Toribio they have upgraded several areas, and she highlighted the improvements to the train that tours the park.

The children’s area has also been improved along with the lion and tiger enclosure. They have also enlarged the area for rat breeding. The rats are fed to the animals as food.

Toribio said that there were improved security measures with a new system of radios for the guards and a vehicle for the day patrols.

The zoo has a collection of 1,036 animals including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Last year there were 179 births at the zoo including a spider monkey, African lion, jaguar, Bengal tiger, black bellied sheep, Indian antelope, pony, donkey, zebra, hedgehog and deer.

The zoo is also developing several conservation projects to preserve endangered and endemic species such as the Hispaniola parrot, the Hispaniola sparrow hawk and the ashy-faced owl (Tyto glaucops).

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

May 19, 2015

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