Los Coyotes Zoo, while easily the smallest zoo in Mexico City, is often the zoo of greatest interest to international visitors. In fact, Los Coyotes exhibits only species endemic to the Valley of Mexico region. Some of them won’t be easily seen anywhere else in the world.
The zoo is home to 267 animals of 53 different species. These include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
• Mexican wolves
• Teporingo (Romerolagus diazi), a rare and tiny, volcano-dwelling rabbit
• Thick-billed parrots (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha)
• White-tailed deer
• Golden eagles
• Plus Raccoons and Foxes!
The Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), only otherwise visible on some Xochimilco Ecological Tours, is a severely endangered amphibian species. It’s also probably the zoo’s star resident.
Founded in 1984, Los Coyotes used to be a Community Ecological School and part of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Xochimilco. Unfortunately, the school was damaged in the 1985 earthquake and closed. From 1995, it operated as a center for the seizure of smuggled animals. Only in 1998, the City took over the zoo and reopened it as part of the Mexico City Zoo’s Ecological and Conservation Program.
Today, Los Coyotes Zoo is a popular part of the greater Los Coyotes City Park. The park includes children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, a camping area, and a jogging track. It’s also not terribly distant from the Xochimilco boat launches and lies precisely between the Light Rail and several stops on Metro Line 12.
Hours: Monday through Sunday: 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.