Emperor Valley Zoo

Photo Credit: © David Stanley CC BY

Although the Emperor Valley Zoo was first built in 1947, it wasn't until 1952 that the doors were opened to the public. To this day it remains a popular family attraction, showcasing both regional and exotic animals and furthering the cause of animal conservation.

The Emperor Valley Zoo takes over 7.2 acres of land and features paths, buildings, and fences that have been made to blend into the landscape rather than take it over.

Most of the animals on display at the zoo are local to Trinidad and Tobago and nearby South America. Still, there are a few exotic animals that make their home at the zoo. Recently they acquired two giraffes and two warthogs which will become permanent fixtures to the attraction, just as the wild-caught anaconda did several months prior.


Located in St. Ann's, in the outer region of Port of Spain, a mile north of the downtown area, Emperor Valley Zoo is part of Royal Botanical Gardens, and happily welcomes local residents and visitors who are lodging in this neighborhood. But even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider stopping by to enjoy a great time.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be eating a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of the zoo. The nearest restaurant to Emperor Valley Zoo is Kava, a great eatery to eat at before spending some time at this zoo. It's maybe around a quarter mile away from this zoo, so stop in and dig in! Tiki Village and Cafe Trinidad are a couple other restaurant options within reach of this outdoor attraction you will be able to experience the flavors of Trinidad and Tobago, and munch on some tasty cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

There are a couple other activities in the area, including Royal Botanical Gardens, which is a few hundred yards away St. Ann's. You might want to also consider making the trip to Rock Garden, which is another attraction not far away.

Zoos are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Emperor Valley Zoo
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Royal Botanical Gardens -- 0.1 mi. (2.9 km) E St. Ann's
Rock Garden Other Attraction 0.2 mi. (2.5 km) SW 1.5 mi. Northeast of Port of Spain
President's House Historic Site 0.3 mi. (3.1 km) E St. Ann's
Stollmeyer's Castle Historic Site 0.3 mi. (2.4 km) SW St. Clair
Wild Flower Park Other Attraction 0.3 mi. (2.3 km) WSW St. Clair
Jackson Square -- 0.4 mi. (2.1 km) SW St. Clair
Queen's Royal College Sports Ground Other Attraction 0.5 mi. (2.0 km) SW St. Clair
Queen's Park Savannah -- 0.5 mi. (2.7 km) SSE Downtown Port of Spain

More Information


The zoo is opened daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The zoo is closed on Christmas Day and Carnival.


Remember, animals at the zoo are on special diets and should not be fed by anyone who is not a staff member.


The cost of entry into the Emperor Valley Zoo is $20(USD) for adults and $10(USD) for children.

Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad


(868) 622-3530




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