Ardastra Gardens Zoo & Conservation Centre
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Home to the largest collection of Bahamian land animals in the world. Bahamian adults pay an admission fee of $14.00 and children pay $7.00. Again children are considered ages 4-12 at the Zoo. Under the age of 4 is free of charge.
In the 1950's flamingos in the Bahamas were nearly hunted to the point of extinction. The Government at that time brought flamingos to Ardastra Gardens as an experiment to try breeding them in captivity. The breeding was not very successful but the flamingos certainly became quite an attraction in the gardens.
Mr. Edwards then decided to begin training the flamingos to do a march for his guests and they have been marching ever since. The flamingos were featured in the National Geographic magazine in the October 1957 issue as nobody had trained flamingos to be comfortable around people before and so people could come closer to the flamingos in Ardastra compared to anywhere else in the world.
In 1982 the gardens were bought by Mr. Norman Solomon, a Bahamian, and it was then that the first zoo in the Bahamas was born.