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HCMC’s zoo to increase entrance fees next year

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HCMC – The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden will increase its entrance fees from January 1, 2021, from the current VND30,000 to VND40,000 per child under 1.3 meters and from VND50,000 to VND60,000 per adult to increase revenues to ensure the animals will have better care, the zoo’s operator announced early this week.

Children under 1 meter will enjoy free admission.

The zoo is currently raising nearly 1,600 animals, increasing by 45% from 2015, and is home to 2,600 trees, up 0.6% from 2015. Its facilities have degraded and specialized equipment can no longer ensure special care for the animals and trees.

The additional revenue from the entrance fee hike will allow the zoo to repair or upgrade its facilities, feed the animals better food and provide better care for the trees.

The operator said that after the increase, the zoo’s entrance fees are still much lower than that of tourist sites in other provinces. Therefore, it will still meet the sightseeing and studying demand from citizens.

Built in 1864, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden originally covered 12 hectares before it was expanded to 20 hectares.

Many animals, birds and reptiles raised in the zoo are rare or endangered not only in Vietnam but in the world and have been put in Vietnam’s Red Data Book and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

The zoo is located at 2B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.

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