From animals and plants to history
Perfect for a sunny day. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is the one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the city.
It is the largest zoo in the country and the eighth oldest zoo in the world – full of things to amaze and show the whole family. It includes an animal conservation area, a plant conservation area, an orchid garden, an amusement park and a museum – The Museum of Vietnam History.
Nature in a big city
Opening to public in 1869 and occupying 20 hectares, The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden contains 590 animals of 125 species and 1,830 trees and plants of 260 species, some of which are over 100 years old.
The main purpose of the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is to educate the public and protect endangered species. Each year, this zoo welcomes over 3,200 students to visit and learn about animal and plant conservation. It is also a place for people from all over the world to study fauna and flora.
Other interesting facts about the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
- The rare White Bengal Tiger can be found here.
- The Saigon Zoo is currently the only zoo in the world that has successfully bred crested argus pheasantsin captivity.
- The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden was recognized as a member of the Southeast Asian Zoological Association in 1990.
- The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden was renamed Thao Cam Vien in 1956, by the Saigon government.