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The ‘ZOO’, as it is affectionately known, was born as such in 2007, but the idea had been brewing long before due to the affection that Mrs. Adriana de Vallarino has for animals.
It has been more than fifteen years of constant concern for the flora and fauna, especially in the Coclé area where Buenaventura is located. It has been hard work and the results are evident.
Today the conservation center has approximately 300 animals in two large sections: wildlife and farm. The exhibition is the best excuse to teach visitors and the community about how to respect and care for animals, especially in the area.
For this reason, the Coclé- Buenaventura Zoo Fauna Conservation Center organizes activities monthly to connect with residents and visitors so that they can learn a little more about where they live.
As Ana Morán, the administrator of the ‘Zoo’, points out: “we want to teach in an entertaining way, where children can come to learn about the species that live here and the importance they have in the ecosystem.”
One of the most popular activities is feeding crocodiles and alligators. “The visitors are located on the bridge accompanied by our guides and with a fishing rod, they can feed them. Throughout this process we are teaching them the characteristics of these species”, she commented.
Given the number of species that inhabit the area, every month the Coclé- Buenaventura Zoo Fauna Conservation Center deals with a different topic. Even now in October, they are going to have a different celebration so that visitors can have fun learning about nature.
The ‘ZOO’ is becoming one of the many must-sees in Buenaventura offering education and entertainment for all its visitors, and it is also a space that works with all authorities and organizations in environmental conservation.