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Company Overview

Officials of Curaçao Zoo Parke Tropikal Foundation are:

Chairman:
  • Mr. Ivan de Windt
Vice- Chairman:
  • Glendon Aniceta
Secretary:
  • Janike Maria
Treasurer:
  • Charimae Marti
Board members:
  • Allan Raposo
  • Chundriss Mujica
  • Stanley Ignacio
Members of the Advisory Board:
  • Melvyn Vornis
  • Humberto Nivillac

General Information

Originally this was a natural rainwater reservoir. During World War II, Dutch and American marines and soldiers used the area to do vehicle maintenance. There was always abundance of water in the area that’s why around the 1940’s trees and plants were cultivated and the park was known as “Plantentuin” (botanical garden). In the late forties to early fifties in addition to the trees and plants, animals from different privately owned collections were exhibited. The area became a very popular site. The exotic/tropical animals became an attraction for the young and old. After years the area changed from botanical garden to a zoo. A zoo popularly called Parke Tropikal. Parke Tropikal is owned by the government of the island of Curaçao. The government installed in 2000 a foundation with the sole function to manage the zoo. The foundation is called Fundashon Parke Tropikal.
Mission


VISION, MISSION AND GOALS

Our Vision is to give our visitors an
experience instead of just visiting another
Zoo in the tropics. We want to transform
the Zoo into a meaningful –even magicalcultural
and ecological experience that opens
minds and hearts, ignites curiosity and fires
the imagination. Story and imagination are
incredibly effective entry points to informal
learning. This results in an experiences that
actively engage,teach,inspire and transcend
the expected norm of just a visit to a Zoo
Our main Mission is to enable our visitors
to experience a stimulating and enjoyable
day out that reflects excellent value for
money and time spent. We believe in keeping
animals in modern, naturalistic enclosures in
accordance with best practice. It is important
for us to give priority to species that are
threatened in the wild. That is why it is also
a mission to increase understanding of the
issues involved in conservation and the
breeding of endangered species.
Another mission is developing and
maintaining an education program from
pre-school to degree level by for example
promoting care for environment through
education and leading by example. By doing
this we increase the public awareness and
understanding of species and their welfare.
Other missions that we have are developing
the role of the zoo as a center for research,
playing a significant role nationally and
internationally and creating self-sustainability.
Our short term Goals are;
• Expansion of animal variety
• Conversion of cages into an animal
friendly habitats
• Schooling of zookeepers
• Expansion of creative areas
• Educative programs for schools
• Save animal species that are more
endangered.