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natal zoological gardens

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Lynn Field Park, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 335 7860
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Zoo poorly kept.

My overall experience since getting to the zoo had me in fear.There was no one around except my... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
katz1go
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Durban, South Africa
via mobile
Ethically and morally disappointing - fun for kids

It was heart breaking to see the animals in such tiny enclosures - This MUST be improved. The... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
HamzK
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Durban, South Africa
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  • Excellent8%
  • Very good16%
  • Average33%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible38%
27 Dec 2017
“Ethically and morally disappointing - fun for kids”
13 Jul 2017
“Lovely for family”
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Lynn Field Park, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
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+27 33 335 7860
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

My overall experience since getting to the zoo had me in fear.There was no one around except my family. The little shop had nothing to sell that we wanted.It was a weekday trip so I guess no visitors. I found a cleaner and asked him...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

It was heart breaking to see the animals in such tiny enclosures - This MUST be improved. The kids enjoy the close ups with the big animals (cats, primates etc). However, one needs to sit them down and explain to them that it is not...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

We visited the zoo on their '50th' birthday and were appauled with the conditions these animals were kept in. Parrots in small cages with no clean water or trees to sit in. There were 3 tigers in a small enclosure also no clean water. An...More

1  Thank Karin B
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

This place was revolting. The animals were kept in tiny enclosures and everything was to dirty and poorly maintained. The animals just look depressed especially the poor orangutan and this made me very unhappy. If they cannot care for the animals they should sell them....More

Thank yashi h
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

This place is an unclean and poorly maintained business, not a zoo. I feel extremely sorry for the animals who are stuck in the unnatural tiny plots in this "zoo" with no enrichment and a life of sadness. They were also in several news stories...More

3  Thank fatehperform
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit the Natal Zoological Gardens for the last weekend of the school holidays and was absolutely pleased. The animals were exciting to look at, the lion was roaring and my little girl was very happy to witness it. Tips when visiting: wear...More

Thank TAMISH-ZN
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Lovely for family, especially children get to see most of the animals etc. Quite obvious that over the years funds could be the issue as the place doesn't have much improvements. Need to neaten up the place in order to attract foreign visitors. Animals are...More

Thank Ralph P
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Very affordable and easy to locate while driving. Entrance fee is 60ZAR per person. Great wildlife view, animals are secured with large protective cages. Best time to visit is in the mornings when the sun is down. Buy rabbit meals for R10 and you get...More

1  Thank echekwumemchukwub
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

My sister in law recently visited the zoo with her family. A loose concrete picnic table fell on her right foot, fracturing all five toes on her foot. Theres a possibility that a toe may have to be removed!!!!! Please people be careful as its...More

2  Thank fawzia202
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Very depressing. Bengal tigers cooped in TINY CAGES. Orangutan so stressed. Dirty water everywhere for animals to drink. No water to bathe for tigers. Shocking and so sad. This zoo should be closed!!!!

4  Thank Tracey T
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