The zoo officially opened its doors to the public on 1st January, 1952. Even before the zoo opened, animals were already being housed on the zoo grounds. Manatees have been living in the botanical gardens ponds since 1895! (Of course, the ones currently living in the ponds are not the original manatees!; they are the offspring). Two of the Harpy Eagles are the other long-term residents of the zoo. These raptors came here in 1952 - they sure are long-living birds!!
The mission of the Guyana Zoological Park is to develop, operate and promote a wildlife centre for the combined purposes of conservation, education, recreation and scientific study for the benefit of all Guyanese.