SUMMIT BOTANICAL GARDENS & ZOO
Nestled in Sobernia National Park and bordering Gamboa Rainforest, the
Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo is one of Panama's hidden delights. The
grounds cover an impressive 250 hectares and is home to over 15,000 diffent
exotic plants and animals. Many of these species are considered endangered.
The botanical gardens were founded in 1923 by the Panama Canal Company.
The gardens are considered to have the best palm collection in the world.
Follow long paths bordered by tall bamboo on either side. There also rubber
trees which are fascinating how they seem to meld together as they grow.
The zoo is home to a Harpy Eagle which is Panama's national bird. It is
believed that there are only 20 pairs of this species left in the world. The zoo
also offers people a chance to see a jaguar, parakeets, many kinds of
monkeys, a crocodile, anteater, turtles and many other species.
Admission to the zoo is $5.