Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
Ardastra Gardens was opened in 1937 though the work of the Jamaican horticulturist, Hedley Vivian Edwards. The word ‘Ardastra’ is from the Latin Ardua astrum, which means “Striving for the stars”. Flamingoes were brought to the gardens by the government of the Bahamas in the 1950s, with the intention of breeding them as Flamingoes had become rare in The Bahamas. In 1982 the gardens were bought by the Bahamian, Mr. Norman Solomon, who started the first zoo of the Bahamas here. The zoo now has about 300 animals and is best known for its flamingoes.
Over the years, Ardastra Gardens has become a must see attraction for visitors to New Providence and Paradise Island. Situated only minutes from the heart of downtown Nassau , Bahamas , there is no place quite like the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center . The 5-½ acre park is part jungle, part gardens and home to hundreds of beautiful mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world, including many endangered species from the Bahamas and the Greater Caribbean . Ardastra offers a very intimate setting to mingle with amazing wildlife and is committed to the preservation and conservation of endangered species. You can’t miss the world famous marching flamingos!
A great stop in Nassau
I went to Ardastra Gardens when I was there a few years ago and fell in love with the place. There's so much to see and do. I recommend the marching Flamingoes!