The National Zoo is located five minutes from the capital’s “Zona Viva” (Nightlife Sector) and two minutes from the airport. It occupies an area of approximately 29 acres and includes green spaces and rest areas. At its center, visitors will find a banquet hall known as Casa de Té (The Tea House) which was constructed in the 1920’s with French architecture, and Italian marble statues at the entrance. In the mammal area, along with a variety of species, the Zoo features original Mayan stele. In the African Savannah, Asian and Tropical Forest sections there are around 70 species (700 animals), some of which are in danger of extinction, housed in open areas representative of their natural habitat. The majority of the species here (both plant and animal) are tropical, a particular delight for photographers and nature lovers.