Miguel Álvarez del Toro Zoo


TThe Miguel Álvarez del Toro Regional Zoo, better known as "ZooMAT", is a space dedicated to the research, conservation, exhibition and education focused on Chiapas’ fauna. This space has been the cradle of countless conservation efforts, led by the doctor Miguel Álvarez del Toro (1917-1996), a scientist and naturalist from Colima, who arrived in Chiapas in 1942, and together with professor Eliseo Palacios Aguilera, and the support of doctor Rafael Pascacio Gamboa, gave rise to what was then called "Tropical Garden Centers and Natural History Museum". This eventually became the "Natural History Institute" (today Ministry of the Environment and Natural History, SEMAHN), which is home to the ZooMAT, a name that was coined in 1982, when it was moved to its current facilities, in the El Zapotal Ecological and Recreational Center, to the south east of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. El Zapotal is a reserve of about 120 hectares that protects a peculiar Tropical Rainforest made up mainly of various species of Zapotes (Black, Chicozapote, etc.), remains of Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forest, and Nangaño Forest. In this place, you can enjoy typical birds of the region, such as the Russet-crowned Motmots, the Guianan Violaceous Trogons, the Northern Potoos, the Green Jays, and the Mexican Caciques.


Birds that can be watched:Plain Chachalaca / Ortalis vetula, Black Chachalaca or Black Penelopina / Penelopina nigra, Kambul / Crax rubra, White-tipped Dove / Leptotila verreauxi, Squirrel Cuckoo / Piaya cayana, Northern Potoo / Nyctibius jamaicensis, Berylline Hummingbird / Saucerottia beryllina, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl / Glaucidium brasilianum, Gartered Trogon or Gartered Violaceous Trogon / Trogon caligatus, Russet-crowned Motmot / Momotus mexicanus, Golden-fronted Woodpecker / Melanerpes aurifrons, White-fronted Parrot / Amazona albifrons,Green Parakeet / Psittacara holochlorus, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper / Xiphorhynchus flavigaster, Masked Tityra / Tityra semifasciata, Yellow-olive Flycatcher / Tolmomyias sulphurescens, Boat-billed Flycatcher / Megarynchus pitangua, Green Jay / Banded Wren / Thryophilus pleurostictus, Yellow-throated Euphonia / Euphonia hirundinacea, Mexican Cacique / Cassiculus melanicterus, Scarlet-headed Oriole / Icterus pustulatus, Altamira Oriole or Lichtenstein's Oriole / Icterus gularis, Hooded Warbler / Setophaga citrina, Magnolia Warbler / Setophaga magnolia, Black-throated Green Warbler / Setophaga virens, Summer Piranga or Summer Tanager / Piranga rubra.

Contact details: Carlos A. Guichard Romero

Addres: Ubicado en la Calzada Cerro Hueco s/n. sobre el Libramiento Sur de la ciudad de Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.