Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Viet Nam - Ho Chi Minh City

Institution Code: HCMCZ

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The construction of Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden started in March of 1864, covering an area of 20 ha, and it was inaugurated at the end of 1865. Its founder and first director was J.B. Louis Pierre, a famous French botanist at that time.

Besides the cage system for displaying animals, the Zoo and Botanical Garden has over 1,830 trees of 260 rare and valuable species, many of which are over 100 years old. Millions of local and foreign visitors can also enjoy 20 species of orchids, 32 of cacti and 34 of bonsai which are carefully taken care of.

HCMC Zoo and Botanical Garden is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Zoos.

Main Address:
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
2B Nguyen Binh Khiem St.
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam

Telephone: (08)291425 or (08) 829 3728
Fax: (08) 228309
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Nguyen Quoc Thang
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Date founded: 1865
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 10.79065
    Longitude: 106.70559
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Thao Cam Vien
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1830
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 260
  • Special Collections:Native and exotic plants. Orchids, decorative grasses, Cassia, native flora. Plants from southern Vietnam, including representatives of the genera Dipterocarpus, Hopea, Shorea, Pentacme, Vattia and Sindora.

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