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Parque Zoologico Minerva

Address Avenida Las Amèricas 0-50 zona 3
Telephone (502) 7763 5657
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2009

Official Description

Regional fauna, 50 species, 300 animals total.

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Visitor Reviews

Review by Daniel Sanchez Feb 2009

I am very pleased to write and tell all of the readers of goodzoos about our zoo. Quetzaltenango is developing rapidly commercially, and that has brought activity and noise all around town.  With all of the commercialization, a visit to Zoológico Minerva with our children is a marvelous trip.  It allows us to be in contact with nature, and the kids can learn so much about the animals that we have there, especially since these animals represent the wildlife that we have in this area..  It give us all a chance to get acquainted with and appreciate what nature offers in our region.  Plus, it gives us a chance to relax with our children and feel like we’ve spent the day in the countryside. 


Review submitted by Oscar Gonzalez October 2008


Quetzaltenango is a beautiful and unique city.  When visiting Guatemala , you do not want to miss this area.  And while you’re there, the zoo is a great place to spend a few relaxed hours with the family.  


Zoologico Minerva is a small regional ecological center in Guatemala .  It’s a founding member of AMACZOOA (The Mesoamerican and Caribbean Association of Zoos and Aquariums).  This gives it great educational potential.  Many students from Guatemala , El Salvador , Mexico y Costa Rica have worked at the zoo to conduct scientific investigation for the advancement in the fields of veterinary medicine, biology, zoology, environmental education and wild life management.  The zoo has all the resources for scientific investigation.

Review by Lissette Estrada  Jan 2008

As a resident of Quetzaltenango, I can tell you that our zoo is very valuable resource.  Often I want a healthy place with fresh air to enjoy with my children.  The zoo is just that.  We can enjoy wild animals and relax among the trees.  This zoo is my favorite place to go with my kids.  I wish that everyone that visits Good Zoos could get to know our zoo.

Review by Teri Martin, December 2006

I volunteered at this zoo while attending classes in Xela. It a small lovely zoo. The animals are well cared for. A lot of the food for the animals is grown on the property. The director, Lucy Guzman, is constantly trying to find ways to make the animals more comfortable in the exhibits. Outreach classes are offered to the local school children. The zoo charges no admission. Plan to spend an hour or two to enjoy the park completely. The zoo can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

Review by Maria Alpirez August 2005

I am writing to everybody, Guatemalian organizations and organization out of my country, to show the the inhumanity and bad conditions of the Minerva Zoo, ubicated in Quetzaltenago, Guatemala.
I am very angry and I cant understand how the administration of this Zoo could comitted such horrible crimes against the animals,  I am asking for help to send this information to whom could help to close this Zoo and could reubicated the animals that are still living there inside or outside from Guatemala.

This review submitted by Neils Johs. Legarth Iversen January 2001
The second largest town in Guatemala (with around 200.000 inhabitants) bears the proud name of Quetzaltenango after the national bird of Guatemala, the quetzal, which has also lent its name to the currency of the country. However most people are practical enough to use the old mayan name Xela (pronounced Sheela). You find a free, but small zoo in the Parque de Minerva in the far north west of the town, and because there is a bus terminal close by, it is easy to get transport from the city center to the park. When you pass through the array of refreshment stands at the Eastern end of the park, you see to your right an enclosure with ordinary geese, to your left a pond with a well equipped monkey island (there is a net over it, probably because birds of prey are a common sight in the sky above). Beside the geese there is an enclosure with one peacock and some guinea fowl. Behind the monkey island, in the center of the zoo, there is a triangular section of cages containing (mostly) smal carnivores such as grey foxes, nose bears and racoons, though you also find a small group of of rhesus monkeys here. Behind this section there is an large, subdivided cage. I guess it has contained more big cat species in the ol' days, but right now I could only se one sleeping jaguar. Apart from this the zoo contains some deer and one eagle. Most cages seem well equipped with vegetation, water holes etc. (with the bare jaguar cage as a regrettable exception), but it is clear that this zoo has to survive on a very meagre budget, and it shows.

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