The recent untimely death of one of the newly acquired kangaroos at the Emperor Valley Zoo has sparked numerous debates on the relocation of the zoo from the city to a rural area away from fireworks. Ignoring the logistics of uprooting hundreds of animals from their long-established home to accommodate a 30-minute portable fireworks display once or twice a year, the benefits of a city zoo are quite substantial.

Our city zoo offers a clean, safe, family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible recreational space within Port of Spain. This green space allows us to be brought closer to wildlife without leaving the urban area. Botanical gardens are also often coupled with zoos internationally, as is the case with our zoo and the Botanical Gardens right next door. Most families and almost all school outings combine a visit to both for a richer experience.

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Our city zoo also very accessible to the travelling public—a great number of visitors utilise public transportation to get to the zoo. With many transportation options to and within Port of Spain, getting to the zoo is easy and affordable at its current location. For those with their own cars, the roads in and out of Port of Spain are easy to access and are maintained to a standard that is expected of our nation’s capital.

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