6 May 2012
The austral autumn - from April to June - is the perfect time of year to explore the natural landscapes of the Buin Zoo with your family, wandering through the 11-hectare zoo.
With more than 2,049 animals and 209 different species, this zoo has gained a reputation throughout South America for its conservation initiatives, high-quality care of animals in danger of extinction, and recovery programs for animals with health problems.
The zoo also boasts a series of buildings, each dedicated to special types of animals: birds, arthropods (bugs and spiders), reptiles, farm animals, and nocturnal animals.
African Savannah: Organized by world geographic zone, the African section of the zoo has evolved into one of the most exciting places to visit - "The African Savannah."
Baby Zoo: A space where parents can guide their children through the animal kingdom, past sheep, piglets, goats, roosters, chickens, chicks and alpacas, among other species.
Buin Zoo Aquarium: Discover the underwater depths with the clown fish (just like Nemo!) playing among the coral, while a nurse shark circles nearby and a group of piranhas waits for its next prey.
The aquarium holds 40 exhibits and nearly 1,500 specimen, representing 140 species of fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. Highlights among the ecosystems represented include the Amazonian basin, the great African lakes, the coral reefs, the Chilean coast and the mangroves.
Jungle in the Plaza Maya: Adventure into the jungle and try to identify the animals behind all the sounds of the canopy. Parrots, parakeets and toucans, among other birds, flit from branch to branch, while tea cup-sized pygmy marmosets look on with curiosity.
Capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, brown wooly monkeys and jaguars move among the vines and replicas of the Mayan ruins.
Aviary: Here, you can enjoy the pleasure of watching the zoo's great variety of birds - and not just in the sky, but also down below in the ponds and lagoons, where you can see ducks and flamingos.
Animatronics: Leading the curve in new zoo trends, the Buin Zoo boasts the first animatronic animal in Chile: a robot elephant.
Reptile House: A great opportunity to explore a cave filled with reptiles and amphibians. Here, 58 terrariums hold 60 different species, like the spectacular Python Molurus, an incredible serpent measuring up to five meters in length.
Nocturama: In the darkness of artificial night, a wide range of mysterious creatures comes to life in the zoo's nocturama. Imagine owls flying silently overhead to capture their prey, while a porcupine raises its spiny tail in defense and the ferrets run for their network of tunnels.
Insectarium: Here you can explore and marvel at the fantastic world of entomology and learn about insects from all over the world.
Educational Visits: The zoo's Department of Environmental Education offers a complete program for educational visits, helping teachers complement their classwork and emphasizing the importance of the environment and conservation. Some educational visits are eligible for discounts - check with this department before your visit.
Club Buinzoo: Become a friend of the zoo and nature by joining the Club Buinzoo allows you unlimited entrance to the zoo throughout the year.
Tuesday to Friday : adults - $4,000 pesos; children (under 14) and senior citizens - $3,000 pesos; infants and children under 90cm tall - free.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays : adults - $5,000 pesos; children (under 14) - $4,000 pesos; senior citizens - $3,000 pesos; infants and children under 90cm tall - free.
Educational visits for schools - special discounts available
Buin Marino Aquarium: $1,000 pesos
Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday, from 9 to 5:30pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10am to 7pm.
Buin Zoo is located on the Panamericana Sur highway at km.32, in Buin, Metropolitan Region.
For more information, visit www.buinzoo.cl, or call (56 02) 585 8757
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