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Curaçao, Lesser Antilles

Curaçao Zoo & Nature Reserve

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Education and Ecology

The history of the Curacao Zoo & Nature Reserve goes back to 1942, when the location was originally opened as a botanical garden. In the 1950s, many animals that were being kept locally as exotic pets by private owners were donated to the garden, prompting a change in the venue's mission statement.

Today, the Zoo is still a botanical garden, and also functions as a haven for endangered species as well as any abandoned or distressed animals, including domesticated pets or livestock. Daily events include educational sessions with the animal keepers, in which guests are welcome to interact with the animals and participate in daily feeding times.

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