Since I can remember I always enjoyed going to the zoo, no matter how big or small, how great of not so great.
Mendoza zoo is not big or great, but I found it very interesting, as this zoo does not adhere to regulations of animal health, such as The Association of Zoos and Aquariums in its Polar Bear Care Manual. Apparently Arturo the zoo polar bear cannot be move as he is too old, but I didn’t see him when visiting the zoo, not sure if Arturo still there.
One thing I really like about this zoo is the location and surrounding, a lot of trees and nature, it is part of General San Martin Park, 10 minutes walk to the top of Cerro de la Gloria a mountain located in the General San Martín Park. It has a huge monument to the Army of the Andes at the top. The monument was built by the Uruguayan Juan Manuel Ferrari, along with the Argentines Juan Carlos Oliva Navarro, Víctor Garino, Víctor Calistri, Víctor Guarini y Víctor Cerini. It was began in 1911, as part of the celebrations of the Argentina Centennial of 1910. It was inaugurated on February 12, 1914, an anniversary of the Battle of Chacabuco.
The zoo was established in 1903 as part of the project landscape architect Carlos Thays, who was also commissioned the design of the then West Park (now known as Parque General San Martin). Construction began the following year, during the government of Emilio Civit. The initial location of the project was to address the current school-home Eva Peron. There he built a building that would be used as a cage for lions.
The first animals arrived on May 18, 1903 donated by the city of Buenos Aires. The group included a zebu, 6 dogs, 6 guinea pigs and rabbits
In 1939 the zoo he commissioned architect Daniel Ramos Correa relocation of the zoo. He devised an ambitious project to place it on the northeast slope of Cerro de la Gloria. Taking inspiration from various zoos around the world, the architect designed semi open enclosures that simulate natural habitats and enough space for animals, without bars or cages, just with different levels and building stone walls of the curvature of the hill. This never became fully effective, as during the construction itself included certain dangerous animals cages.
The zoo was officially opened in 1941, covering 40 hectares (99 acres) and including 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) of paths and roads
|This guys welcome the guess at the entrance gate|
|Another free living monkey!|
|These guys are from Chile!|
|I think this grizzly might be Canadian!|
|The kid and his mom,|
|I like this photo, the shape the shadows and the lines.|
|Black and white is a great way to show texture.|
|Not sure what they are talking about?|