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New ride offers unique view of Guadalajara Zoo

March 21, 2013

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its opening, the Guadalajara Zoo inaugurated a new ride on Thursday which provides visitors with a bird’s-eye view of many of its most exotic animals.

Dubbed Skyzoo, the ski-style chairlift ride passes directly over a number of enclosures, affording those on-board a unique vantage point of the zoo’s elephants, buffalo, lions, white tigers, gorillas, black bears and Mexican wolves.

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This slow paced 30-minute ride is as close as one can come in Mexico to riding in a hot air balloon over the African savanna. It also offers a spectacular but fleeting view from the edge of the Huentitan canyon, before making an about-turn and heading back toward the starting point.

Constructed by U.S. company Skytrans MFG at a cost of 20 million pesos, this is the first such ride to be installed at any zoo in Latin America. The lift consists of 140 pairs of seats, suspended at an average height of 15 meters, with metal barriers to prevent anyone from falling. The total distance covered on the ride is 1.7 kilometers.

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The Zoologico Guadalajara is open every day during school holidays (March 25 to April 7) or from Wednesday to Sunday during term time. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for the zoo itself cost 63 pesos for adults, 37 pesos for kids aged 3-11, and entry is free for babies aged two or under. The new ride cost 36 pesos, or the Skyzoo packet, which includes entrance and the ride, costs 99 pesos for adults and 73 pesos for kids. The zoo is located at Paseo del Zoologico 600, Parque Natural Huentitan, Guadalajara. Telephone: (33)36744488.

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