Cali Zoo

One of the best attractions in the city of Cali is the zoo. Zoológico de Cali is the best zoo in Colombia and regarded as one of the best in South America. It has a small collection of animals from Asia and Africa, but it focuses on animals native to Colombia which sets it apart from other zoos. You’ll see tapirs and capybaras rather than elephants and giraffes.

Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Zoológico de Cali

Admission cost COP$18,000 for an adult ticket. There are food and drink stands throughout the zoo and a food court near the entrance. It took us about three hours to see everything in the zoo and have a quick lunch at the end. It gets very hot in Cali so we recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the heat. Taxi is the best way to get there.

Entrance to Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Entrance

The zoo is very well organized into stations. At some stations, employees are there to answer questions about the animals. Everything is in Spanish.

 

Flamingos and Fish

The first animals we saw in the zoo were flamingos. We snapped a few photos before heading to the aquarium, which is housed in a beautiful tiled building with a waterfall and koi pond out front. Most of the fish were from the Amazon River and its tributaries, including piranhas.

Flamingos at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Flamingos

Piranhas at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Piranhas

 

Aviary

Next, we crossed a bridge over the Río Cali to visit the aviary. There were exotic birds and others such as ducks and Andean condors.

Río Cali at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Río Cali

Aviary at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Aviary

Andean condor at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Andean condor

Macaw at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Macaw

 

Primates and Antelope

From there, we got to see a few species of monkeys native to Colombia followed by a pen of antelope from Asia.

Monkey at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Monkey

Antelope at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Antelope

 

Reptiles

The reptile section had some of the largest crocodiles I’ve ever seen and a snake house with a few venomous snakes, pythons, and boas.

Crocodile at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Crocodile

Crocodile and tortoises at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Crocodile and tortoises

 

African Animals

African species, including ostriches and zebras, were next. As I mentioned before, there were no elephants, giraffes, or hippos.

Ostrich at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Ostrich

Zebras at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Zebras

 

Butterflies and Colombian Animals

After walking through a butterfly house, we saw a few more Colombian species, including a black bear, wild boars, and deer.

Butterfly at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Butterfly

Bear at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Bear

Boar at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Boar

Deer at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Deer

 

Owls

The owl section was interesting, even though there were only about four species. It was a bit secluded from the rest of the zoo.

Owl at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Owl

 

Felines

Feline species, including lions, pumas, and tigers were next. The most interesting and popular animal in this section was the white tiger.

White tiger at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

White tiger

 

More Primates

There were more primates to be seen. Tiny monkeys from Colombia and baboons from Asia were on display.

Baboon at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Baboon

 

More Colombian Animals

Then we got to see more Colombian species, including one interesting pen with iguanas, capybaras, and tapirs all together. The anteaters were next but weren’t visible. Neither were the coatís.

Iguana at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Iguana

Capybara and tapirs at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Capybara and tapirs

 

Australian Animals

The final part of the zoo was a special exhibit on Australian species. Kangaroos and emus along with a few birds and reptiles were the stars of the show.

Australia exhibit at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Australia exhibit

Kangaroo at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Kangaroo

Emu at Zoológico de Cali in Colombia

Emu

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