The evergreen-ness of HCMC's Zoo and Botanical Garden

Under the lens of photographer Nguyen Ky Anh, the Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ho Chi Minh city appears with green patches and an interesting story about each animal.
January 19, 2021 | 07:10
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A green oasis in the heart of Saigon

Referred to as "the green lung in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City", the Zoo and Botanical Garden is an ideal travel destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Ky Anh, author of this photo set shared his idea behind the set: "This place has long become a beautiful memory in the childhoods of many Saigonese. For many reasons, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people rarely come here to enjoy the peaceful green space, or to play with lovely animals. Through the photo set, I want to motivate visitors to come here more often".

Separated from the bustling town outside, the Zoo and Botanical Garden owns a tranquil space, covered by all-year green trees, bringing visitors closer to nature. As the eighth oldest zoo in the world, HCMC's Zoo and Botanical Garden nurtures 1,373 individuals of 145 animal species, of which the rarest are the star hemorrhoids, moths, yellow-cheeked gibbons, fire leopards, leopard, golden deer...

Along with that, more than 900 species of plants are preserved here, creating green patches, offering visitors a place of relaxation, especially on hot days in Saigon. In addition to learning about natural ecosystems, when coming to this special location, visitors can capture beautiful moments with its beautiful backgrounds.

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Overcome difficulties in the face of pandemic

Previously, the image of the Zoo and Botanical Garden "calling for help" in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic caused concerns among the tourist community. The garden had to be temporarily closed for 2 months because of the pandemic. However, when it was reopened, the number of visitors was still quite low, the revenue dropped significantly, affecting the quality of care for animals. After a short time calling for support from the community, the garden has received dozens of tons of vegetables, food, and 2.5 billion VND (more than 43,000 USD) donation.

From January 1, 2021, the zoo increased the entrance fee to VND 40,000 - 60,000 (1,7 - 2,5 USD) in order to ensure better living conditions for the animals, as well as better service quality for visitors. When coming here, visitors can admire from crocodile, flamingos to white rhinoceros, antelopes, giraffes, hippos, tigers ...

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