A Few Photos from Hope Zoo Jamaica

Earlier this week, I wrote about my visit to Hope Zoo to see Lucas, the African lion that was donated to the zoo. I didn’t only see Lucas. As I made my way to his enclosure, I came across a few of the other animals that make their home at the zoo.

Hope Zoo entrance
Entrance to Hope Zoo

It was hard to miss the pink flamingos even as they appeared to be hiding behind the foliage.

Pink Flamingo at Hope Zoo
Pink Flamingo

Hope Zoo Jamaica occupies 60 acres next door to Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston. The zoo was opened in 1961. It is currently being revitalized and new animals, like Lucas the lion and are being added to its collection, which includes macaws, tortoises, budgies, ostriches, zebras, capucin, crocodiles, and flamingos.

Snacking turtles at Hope Zoo
Snacking turtles
Crocodile at Hope Zoo

The day I visited, Hope Zoo was crawling with school children all smartly dressed in their uniforms. I doubt they were older than 10 or 11 years.

Students visiting Hope Zoo
Hope Zoo, a popular destination for students

Exiting Hope Zoo.

Leaving Hope Zoo
As you exit the zoo

Animals at the zoo are kept in enclosures that are surrounded by wire mesh and tropical foliage that gives a natural feel to the environment. But I had to be creative in taking photos so the mesh wasn’t too obvious.

The zoo offers  a petting area, group tours and venue rentals.

Hope Zoo Jamaica Particulars

Address: Old Hope Road, Kingston
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on public holidays
**It’s advisable to go early, say as the zoo opens, or wait until mid-afternoon when the sun cools to get a better chance of seeing the animals.

Current Entrance Fees: $5 (adults); $3 children aged 3-12; free for children under 2
**Prices are expected to increase now that Lucas the lion has arrived

10 comments on “A Few Photos from Hope Zoo Jamaica

  1. Nice captures Marcia! I always enjoyed my visits to the local Zoo here in Mumbai when I was a kid!! Ignited those long lost memories 🙂

  2. Great pictures! I love the zoo, but you’re right, you usually have to get a bit creative with your photography to avoid the “Hey look at this animal in a cage” pictures. You did a great job though! Looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Thanks, Danni! I have a few other pics but they definitely have the ‘animal in the cage’ look so I didn’t include them.
    Thanks for for your comment.

  4. Beautiful pictures. Alligators are so lazy! I think I liked the first shot with the beautiful still water in the first picture. Love the deep green, lush vegetation you guys have over there!

  5. Hahaha, I didn’t realize that, Micah! I guess when you’re carrying around that much weight, you get lazy.
    Glad you like the first photo. Thanks for visiting.

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