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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | June 2008 

Puerto Vallarta Zoo Welcomes New Arrivals
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Once again, the Vallarta Zoo is celebrating a wave of new additions. Over the past few weeks el Zoológico de Vallarta has welcomed a slew of new arrivals, including several newborn babies: a zebra, a jaguar, a burro and a kid, and a giraffe from the US.

The giraffe, named Boris, came to Zoológico de Vallarta after Chivas de Guadalajara soccer star Luis Ernesto Michel told his friend, Puerto Vallarta Zoo owner Martin Castañeda, that one of his favorite animals was the giraffe. After touring the zoo and finding that there were no giraffes, Michel told Martin that he would like to gift a giraffe to the zoo.

A few days later, Michel called Martin and told him that he was negotiating with a wild and exotic animal business, but they would have to be patient since it takes some time to ensure that the animal would be legally and properly transported to the Puerto Vallarta Zoo.

Finally after all of the "red tape" had been dealt with, Boris came to live at the Puerto Vallarta zoo, where he is loved and cared for by the Castañeda brothers and visited by animal lovers from all over the world.

Boris is the third exotic animal to have been donated to the Puerto Vallarta Zoo by members of the Chivas de Guadalajara soccer team. The first was a beautiful white tiger presented by Oswaldo Sanchez, and the second a hippopotamus gifted by Jose de Jesus Corona.

The Castañeda family, who own the zoo, have deep ecological concerns and devote themselves entirely to the preservation of all animal species, are also celebrating the recent births of a jaguar cub, an African zebra, a Berberia goat and a Sicilian burro. They believe that providing the animals with excellent care and a safe environment encourages them to reproduce in captivity.
Located just south of Vallarta in the jungles of Mismaloya, Zoologico de Vallarta is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, call (322) 228-0501, click HERE for more information or visit the website at

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