Parque Zoológico Centenario

The Parque Zoológico Centenario is a well-done zoo featuring many of the animals of the Yucatan Peninsula and some from other parts of the world. It has a wonderful bird exhibit in a giant aviary that you can walk through. It is set in a beautiful park with play areas for kids. There is also a mini-train you can ride around the zoo and rowboats for the small lake.

The objective of the park is: “to provide recreational areas for the healthy relaxation of our citizens while providing family socializing in an ecological and educational setting which relates to the fauna it houses.”

Its mission is: “to be the best free recreational and zoological park in the country in terms of quality of the services and attractions it offers, as well as comply with the national requirements for zoological parks.”

It was originally conceived as a recreational park near the city, as a state initiative for the celebrations in 1910 for the first centennial of the independence of Mexico. The commission in charge of its construction proposed a botanical garden, and there is not much information today about how it functioned, but some people remember trees with signs showing their names in Latin, English, French, and German.

The most important remodelling, which also included its conversion into a zoo, was in 1962, with the assistance of the technical supervisor of the Chapultepec zoological park. The zoo has a herpetarium of 200 square meters, an open-air primate area of 400 square meters, and an area for mammals. In 1992 the aviary was built, which is 75 meters x 35 meters with a height of 10.6 meters, featuring birds from the peninsular region and other parts of the world. In 2010, to celebrate the 100th birthday of the park, various areas were remodeled, such as the composers’ plaza and its impressive kiosk, the Cuban and Porfiriana fountains, the train station, which returned to its original design, the kids’ games area, and the creation of the Fuente de la Paz (peace fountain), in commemoration of Mérida as the Ciudad de la Paz (city of peace).

The zoological park has a recreational area which contains green areas, picnic area, kids’ games, and bathrooms. There is a train ride going around the perimeter of the park and a boat ride on the lake. Every Thursday there is a dance for seniors in the park pergola at 4 pm, with live traditional music.

Zoo hours: Tue.-Sun. 8 am – 5 pm

Recreational area hours: Tue.-Sun. 6 am – 6 pm

Free entry

Train ride: 1 peso

Boat ride: 3 pesos

Cable car: 5 pesos

Avenida Itzáes x Calle 59

Tel. 928 5815



Zoologico Centro

I visited Merida last December with my husband and daughter, and we loved the visit to the zoo. It was one of the highlights of our two-week stay in Centro!



we live on the beach in Progreso
how do we get a bus to get to see the zoo
we know how to get to Merida , but dont know where to get off to get the connecting bus to the Zoo
also are there Taxis available to bring us back home after we are done at the zoo ?


re. transportation

I think your best bet would be to take the Progreso-Merida bus to the downtown station in Merida and take a taxi from there, I am not certain of the bus route. This taxi would be super inexpensive, probably no more than 40 pesos. When you finish at the zoo you can flag down a taxi right on the main avenue at the door to the zoo. Be sure to ask what the cost would be back to Progreso before you get in.

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