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Our last stop of the day was the National Zoo and frankly I wasn't expecting much. To my surprise, it's actually quite nice and it's hard to beat the price. 15 Cordobas (75 cents) for entry to the zoo and 5 Cordobas (25 cents) for parking. It's hard to complain about not getting your money's worth when the whole deal only costs a dollar.

Leo The Lion
Leo The Lion
Welcome To The National Zoo
Welcome To The National Zoo
The Entrance
The Entrance
75 Cents For Adults
75 Cents For Adults
Pretty Tucan
Pretty Tucan
Cerdos
Cerdos
Pretty Trees
Pretty Trees
Turkey Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Monkey
Monkey

The zoo has a lot of cats from all over the world. I really was only expecting to see animals from Nicaragua but they do have their fair share from Africa, North America, etc. The other thing they have a great collection of is birds. I really hadn't realized that Tucans are native to Nicaragua but they are.


Big Cat
Big Cat
Big Crocodile
Big Crocodile
More Big Cats
More Big Cats
Sleeping Cat
Sleeping Cat
Juniett Taunting The Goats
Juniett Taunting The Goats
My Wife Likes Animals
My Wife Likes Animals
A Deer
A Deer
Sleepy Tiger
Sleepy Tiger
Please Dont Feed The Monkeys
Please Dont Feed The Monkeys

The one disappointment was that the butterfly garden was closed. I was in a few of them before in Costa Rica and they really are quite amazing. This time of year (September) Nicaragua is literally overrun with butterflys. When driving in Chontales this time of year it honestly looks like it's snowing because there are so many butterflies.

No One Reads Signs Here
No One Reads Signs Here
Peacock
Peacock
The Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly Garden
Friendly Parrot
Friendly Parrot
Pretty Bird
Pretty Bird
Juniett Taunting The Bird
Juniett Taunting The Bird
Pretty Flowers
Pretty Flowers
Parking Was A Quarter
Parking Was A Quarter
Park Here
Park Here

On the way home we had to make a stop at the mercado Huembes so my wife could buy a pig. I wasn't real sure why we needed a pig but I've learned it's best not to ask silly questions in Nicaragua. I've seen these pigs in the mercado before and really just thought they were trinkets for tourists. It turns out that it's the custom in Nicaragua to get one of these a few months before your birthday and keep it in your house. During the weeks before your birthday people are supposed to put money in it and then on your birthday you smash it open and see how much loot you collected.


Buying A Birthday Pig
Buying A Birthday Pig
The Pinata Store
The Pinata Store
Bright Colored Dyes
Bright Colored Dyes
Mercado Huembes
Mercado Huembes
Mercado Huembes
Mercado Huembes


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