Parque Zoológico Nacional
Parque Zoológico Nacional information
Some recent remodeling and renovations have improved the experience somewhat for the animals here, one of the larger zoos in all Latin America. The collection of animals is extensive: rhinos and chimps, flamingos and the endangered solenodon, an extremely rare, rat-like creature endemic to the island. Located in a neighborhood in the northwest corner of the city (the makeshift homes of the slum perched just above the zoo appear as if they’re likely to collapse onto the property at any moment), it’s a bit hard to find. A taxi here from the Zona Colonial costs around RD$250; be sure to arrange a return trip with the driver, as you won’t find many taxis out here.