Santa Fe Zoological Park


Founded on March 11, 1960, the Zoo is home to biological treasures of incalculable proportions, especially when one takes into account that many of the species in its collection are on the verge of disappearing from the face of the earth.

The Zoo houses approximately 1,000 animals native to the Americas, Asia and Africa. Among the most popular animals on display at the zoo are the lions, Bengal Tigers, zebras, Spectacled Bears, Harpy Eagles and hippopotami.

In addition to the animals, the zoo is proud to exhibit more than five hundred trees and shrubs; among them are palm trees, fruit-bearing trees, acacias, coal trees, samans, búcaros, urupans, guayacans, ceibas, gualandays, and many more.

Together, these representatives of the animal and plant kingdoms, make the park one of the most forested spaces in the city, an important distinction considering the high urban density levels that characterize the industrial zone of Valle del Aburrá.

Casa Santa Fe Museum

During the first years of the twentieth century, in the land that Santa Fe Zoological Park now occupies, a beautiful hacienda was erected. On its grounds, the Guayabala Stream nourished the growth of many diverse fruit-bearing trees native to the temperate zones of tropical South America.

The Sante Fe Hacienda, as it was known, was owned by the distinguished Antioquian matron Mercedes Sierra de Pérez, who often enjoyed long vacations here.

In 1951, Madame Mercedes Sierra de Pérez donated her hacienda to the Public Improvement Society of Medellín, known locally as S.M.P., under the condition that the main house be preserved as a museum and that a recreational park be constructed on the surrounding terrain.

Therefore, in 1960 the S.M.P. of Medellín simultaneously opened the doors of the Santa Fe Zoological Park and the museum of the same name.

Casa Description

The Casa Museum is constructed in the Republican architectural style which is characterized by its ample corridors and spacious bedrooms. It boasts a patio interior centered by a fountain adorned with Arabic tiling.

In addition, the front of the house is surrounded by a white balustrade that marks off and protects the garden at the building's left side. The garden contains two more fountains.


Among the exhibited pieces are a collection of Egyptian and Arabic furniture, some with mother-of-pearl and ivory inlays, which were completed at the end of the last century.

The exhibit also showcases an Indian lamp, an ancient candy dispenser, religious images from Quito, paintings obtained by Madame Mercedes Sierra de Pérez, and an icon from the year 1200 with a portrait of Christ.


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