Guatemala City ’s La Aurora Zoo (Boulevard Juan Pablo II Zona 13, tel. 2475-0894, www.aurorazoo.org.gt , 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $2.50 adults, $1 children) is modern and well run. Its grounds are a popular weekend destination for city dwellers from all walks of life.
About 900 animals representing 110 species are housed in re-creations of their natural habitats, including African savannah, Asia, and tropical forest. There are leopards, lions, giraffes, Asian pachyderms, Bengal tigers, and jaguars and other species found in Guatemala’s tropical forests.
A project is under way to remove all cages from the park so as to provide visitors with the opportunity to see the animals free of visual obstructions. Check out the English tea house dating to 1924.