The only zoo in the Western Cape is situated on the edge of the rolling hills of the Winelands area, about 39 kilometers from ... More
The only zoo in the Western Cape is situated on the edge of the rolling hills of the Winelands area, about 39 kilometers from Cape Town. The zoo is located on 24 hectares and specializes in the breeding of rare, endangered and seldom seen wildlife of a variety of sizes. The collection of wildlife on show at the zoo comprises well over 200 species and around 1,500 specimens. A large collection of primates, the only free-ranging white storks in Africa, and one of the finest collections of tortoises in Africa are part of this encounter with the wild.
We took our litle girl to the zoo yesterday and were so disappointed to say the least. The first half of the walk through the sandy pathways was a total waste of time as all the animals were hiding inside. It was a very hot day so maybe I can' blame them. The water holes in the predators enclosures were empty so perhaps they were dying of thirst like we were. We decided to buy some cooldrinks from the restaurant but we were out of cash as our entrance fee was R150 for 2 adults and 1 child. At the crazy price of R12 a can of Coke we decided to get out of that place and head for a restaurant nearby for lunch.
Don't waste your money at this place it is horible.
The place is a dump to say the least. Teh animals are totally under stimulated and not properly fed and no adequate water. The place is infested with flies, and teh enclosures look like bushes. Teh grass is so tall that one cannot even see the poor animal. The poor bear/s (there are 2 enclosures, only saw 1) are literally in a prison. They have a cemented all around then, a small tub size pool that look like filth, no stimulation nothing. How can the SPCA, the city and the necessary officials allow this. I know the Spencers have done alot of good, but the time has come to to make the place better. Nothing has changed in that place in years. Why dont they go into partnership with the City of CT and revamp the zoo into something spectacular. Like JHB zoo. The grounds on the zoo is so under developed.
Another thing, the place is hardly busy in summer, imagine how empty the place must be in winter. How do they then survive. Something must be done.
Help please - Lets contact the City, Zoo, 50/50, SPCA whatever it
Our family visited the zoo over the weekend. The animals are all happy, healthy and well cared for. A lovely variety of different animals in well kept habitats. The zoo is clean, and the staff very friendly and informative. The negative reviews does not do the zoo any justice at all. Definately worth a visit !
This zoo was once a beautiful well kept place. My hubby and I visited there in 2007 and we took many beautiful photos there. Today we took our son there to see the animals and were shocked at how the place has deteriorated in 3 years. Bush grows everywhere and cages are rusted. We were very sore to say the least. I read that the zoo owner died in 2010 and some posts said the zoo owners wife is struggling to maintain the zoo. I think we must all do our parts too and visit more. I will be taking my son there a few more times as despite the state of the zoo e was fascinated by the tigers and white lions. Please
Eats all do our parts in keeping our only zoo alive.
Am taking my kids to the zoo for a second time today . They enjoyed a lot the first time around and begged us to go back . As to all the people out there complaining about the conditions at our zoo , maybe you should stop complaining about it and stick your hand into your pockets and help the owners of the zoo to maintain it financially . Really , if you do not ,you are a hippocrate with no foot to stand on .. Come people , stop complaining and start doing . Or else keep your opinion to yourself and stop trying to chase people that want to help away ..
I agree with so much about how terrible tygerberg zoo is,
I see so many people have complained about the zoo, but i was thinking after reading all your coments, why do we try and do something abut this propblem, contact business on the zoo's behalf to try and get sponsers to help them renovate the zoo and make it a better living enviroment for the animals, so it can be a tourist attacting again.
You can imagine the expenses for running a zoo must be crazy, and i don't agree on how those animals are being living, I took my boy their once and he kept saying to me shame, so i wont be taking him back.
So lets all try and do something to change it so people will want to start going back to the zoo again.
I disliked everything about this place because all the animals water bowls were green and moldy most of the animals had next to nothing shade from the heat. There were not caretakers to be seen on the premises. The zoo looks nothing like it is shown on the website. There was also no food to be seen. Also there was no grass to be seen and this so called zoo had a very bad smell where ever we went. To top it all off we paid a ridiculous price of R200. Compared to all the other zoos that I have been to this zoo should be classified under as cruelty to animals. I could not wait to get my kids out of the forsaken place.
Entrance fee is high - food at cafe is expensive and not good at all.
Very upset at chimpanzee's - no food and toys in their cages, they looked horribly depressed.
The lioness was huddled in a small brick enclosure - no shade in their small enclosure.
Totally convinced the alligator is dead!! Did not move for over an hour.
I liked the zoo, because I saw different types of animals. My favourite animal of the day was the Tiger. The animals are healthy and happy, and the staff are very friendly. If you ask questions, staff are available to help you. I will go back to visit the Zoo again. It was a great family day.
I love animals, but this place left me with a hollow feeling of disgust.The place is untidy, paths unkept and the smell horrid.The animals are thin and most have matted hair.The noses of the poor lions have been badly burned by the sun, seeing that there isn't enough shade for them all.I have been to many parks and zoo's and this is the worst that I have seen in a very long time.
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