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Guam might be a tiny island, but we certainly have room for a zoo and Guam Zoo is one of the island’s best-kept secrets.
With the wealth of zoological, botanical and marine life that Guam has, a sanctuary for all that flora and fauna is bound to be one of the major attractions on the island. That is precisely what happened when the Cushing family decided 34 years ago to build the Guam Zoological, Botanical and Marine Garden in Tumon.
Jimmy and Barbara Cushing established this unique, privately owned zoo in 1977 and since then, they have provided a safe sanctuary for the flora and fauna of Guam, while providing a great family friendly attraction for both locals and tourists.
Guam Zoo, as it is popularly known is home to more than 20 species of endangered and endemic marine and wildlife in addition to a whole menagerie of domestic and exotic life. The zoo stands like a serene oasis among the high rises and busy tourists centers of Tamuning, on Pale San Vitores Road, set amidst lush tropical surroundings that form the Botanical Garden.
For a family owned and operated establishment, the zoo boasts an impressive array of animals, diligently gathered by the Cushing family, with the purpose of letting the people of Guam an opportunity to see and learn about animals from the world over. Kids who visit are sure to enjoy feeding the animals here. The endangered ko’ko bird and fruit bats have a home in this zoo.
In addition to the zoological, botanical and marine treasures housed here, the zoo also has an outdoor museum with exhibits including pieces from the Latte Period of Guam and relics from the Pacific War.
Details for Visitors to the Guam Zoo:
Timing: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Christmas Day.
Admission: $6.25 for ages 2 to 11 and $10 for ages 12 and up.
For more information or reservations, call 646-1477.