Emperor Valley Zoo
Emperor Valley Zoo Contact:
Emperor Valley Zoo Address:
Zoo Road, Royal Botanic Gardens, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad W.I.
Emperor Valley Zoo Opening Hours:
Except: Carnival Monday & Tuesday & Christmas Day
Emperor Valley Zoo Admission:
TT$30.00--Visitors 13 years and older
TT$15.00--Children 12 and under
Free--Children under 3
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The Emperor Valley Zoo (EVZ), named in honor of the large (3.0–7.9 in), blue Emperor Butterfly (Morpho peleides) that once thrived at the site, features an impressive display of two thousands specimen, from two hundred species of animals, both local and foreign, in enclosures and cages. With its original emphasis on native species (its distinction amongst zoos), ocelots, red brocket deer, Trinidad capuchins and savanna hawks are some of the local fauna exhibits, whilst among foreign animals are African lions, Asian tigers, giraffes, warthogs, impala, mandrills and giant otters. Guests are also afforded the rare opportunity to see several endangered species, including the Tapir, Red Howler Monkey, Scarlet Macaw and Pawi, an endemic, rare bird now found predominantly in the Northern Range that once ranged throughout Trinidad. Some other exhibits amongst reptiles are snakes and crocodilians and amongst birds are the Black-throated Mango Hummingbird, Scarlet Ibis, Turkey vulture, Blue and gold Macaw (Blue and yellow Macaw), Tropical Screech Owl and finches (See a full list of species: Emperor Valley Zoo Species List ).
EVZ, a complement to the City of Port of Spain, is relatively recent, opening in 1952; and small with respect to its area, number of species and exhibits when compared to major zoos, such as, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria, the oldest operating zoo, Berlin Zoological Garden, London Zoo, Bronx Zoo, or San Diego Zoo, (see comparison table below).
Ensconced in a narrow gorge, beneath Chancellor Hill, it encompasses over seven acres spanning approximately 410 meters by 134 meter, at its broadest. Its terrain is gently inclined, lengthwise, from the south to north progressing up the gorge to a snake house, aquaria, and giraffe enclosure but rises almost sharply on a low hill on its eastern side where tigers, an aviary, and primates are housed. Big cats are on the right bank. Crocodilians, turtles, otters, and flamingoes are in the trough.
The Emperor Valley Zoo is in a mostly green open zone (fashioned mainly in the 19th and early 20thCenturies) of the city, above the northwestern end of the Queens Park Savannah, and the western end of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Like many other zoos, EVZ has a souvenir shop, called ˈZoo Shoppe, and a two small Cafés.
|Zoo||Year Opened||Area (Acres)||No. of Exhibits||No. of Species|
|Berlin Zoological Garden||1844||88.5||15,126||1,462|
|Bronx Zoo, New York||1899||265||6,000||650|
|Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo, Puerto Rico||1954||45||75|
|Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain||1952||7||2,000||200+|
|Frankfurt Zoological Garden||1858||27.18||4,800||565|
|Parque Municipal Summit, Panama||1960||480||300|
|San Diego Zoo, California||1916||100||3,700||650+|
|The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Ctr.||1983||29||125||48|
|Tiergarten Schönbrunn (in Schönbrunn park), Vienna, Austria||1752||39.5 (park)||700+|
|Zoo Miami, Florida||1948||740||2,000||500|
There are vendors, usually offering Sno Cone, Cotton Candy, and plastic toys, outside the zoo compound at its entrance on the western side. Nearby the Emperor Valley Zoo, contributing a leisurely ambiance to the green zone, are The Hallows, in the Queens Park Savannah, Presidentˈs house, The Magnificent Seven buildings, Queenˈs Hall, Hilton Hotel, Kapok Hotel, and further south, the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), and the National Museum and Art Gallery.
The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, the management body for the EVZ, as adjuncts to its primary objectives, i.e., the founding and operation of a Zoological Park (Zoo) and the advancement of Zoology and Animal Physiology, etc., has added to the zooˈs functions animal rescue for stray wildlife and animal rehabilitation service, particularly for animals seized by authorities relating to the pet trade. The zoo participates in education, international breeding, and conservation programmes of which, for example, the recently acquired White Bengal Tigers are a part. The ZSTT has set the goal of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for The Emperor Valley Zoo.
Instructive tours, with a charge in addition to the entrance fee, can be booked with scheduled start times of 9.00am, 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, and 4.30pm. They are conducted in groups up to 30 persons at the cost of $300 per group if booked at least 24 hours in advanced and $500 if booked in less than 24 hours.
Select scheduled animal feeding times are:
- 🕑 Monkeys: daily at 2pm,
- 🕝 Lions: daily at 2.30pm, and
- 🕛 Reptiles: weekends after midday.
- Leave your pets at home as a safeguard against communicable diseases and elevated stress levels to the zooˈs animals.
- Only EVZ attendants are allowed to feed the animals as they are on approved diets. Feeding by the public is not allowed.
- Audio devices are restricted to use with ear phones to lessen the disturbance to the animals and to be polite to other visitors.
- Obtain permission to take commercial photographs; there is a fee.
- For assistance call on uniformed EVZ attendants.
- Return found items to the front office or cashier.
- Report lost items to the front office or cashier.
- Put garbage in bins.
- Refrain from throwing items into pools or enclosures--cellophane and polythene wrappers are harmful to animals.
- Respect barriers and rails; they are provided for your safety; donˈt, cross, reach across or sit on them.
♿ Wheelchair access is possible with graded pathways and ramps alongside steps. Some paths are steep, especially for the monkey exhibits, and may be a challenge for wheelchair and otherwise incapacitated visitors. Look out for shallow steps near the crocodilian exhibits.
☤ A first aid station is located in the same area as the Wi Fi zone opposite the crocodilian exhibits.
📞 Communications from the zoo is possible within a Wi Fi zone and pay phone just north of the main entrance, on the left, and opposite the crocodilian exhibits.
🍵 Two cafeterias within the zoo, one at the southern end and the other towards the north after the reptiles serve light packaged snacks and drinks.
🚻 Two restroom facilities are available one at the southern end west of the monkey exhibits and the other after the northern cafeteria on the left.
🚧 The zoo is in transition phase, several construction projects, as it prepares new exhibits space for ostrich, rhinoceros, chimpanzee, mandrill, and others (April 2015).