Welcome to the St. Maarten Zoo!
The St. Maarten Zoo is the largest zoological park in the Caribbean. Come see hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles and relax in our shady, tropical garden. We also have the largest playground on Sint Maarten. We offer tours, and our park is available for birthday parties and other events.
The zoo is located on Arch Road, just across the Salt Pond from Philipsburg, only a few minutes away from the boardwalk and cruise ship port. We are open every day from 9am to 5pm. For directions and admission information, go to www.stmaartenzoo.com.
On our website you can meet some of our animals, check out our Zootique Gift Shop, and learn how to become a Member of the Zoo. Don't forget to check Zoo News to find out about events and the latest additions to our zoo.
History of the Zoo
The St. Maarten Zoo was started with the dreams and hard work of the late Dr. Doug Thye, and Mr. Max Phelipa. Max Phelipa, a local policeman, had a mini zoo in his backyard in Philipsburg. The schools used to visit all the time and the local school children loved it. He and Dr. Thye, the local veterinarian, thought a zoo for the public would be a good idea.
With generous donations from funding agencies, as well as the St. Maarten community, Dr. Thye and Mr. Phelipa were able to eventually build their zoo. On December 14, 1991, the St. Maarten Zoo opened its doors for the first time; and, for almost 20 years, the Zoo has been a top attraction on St. Maarten, offering visitors the opportunity to see a wide variety of Caribbean and South American animals.
St. Maarten Zoological Park
Arch Road, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Visit us at: www.stmaartenzoo.com