Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚒 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
β€’ The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
β€’ All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Learn About Rescued Exotic Animals at Kira’s World Mini Zoo

1/22- update They are open with new Covid rules for safety, following EO guidelines. You must call to reserve.

As with any island, importation of exotic animals into Puerto Rico needs to be controlled in order to prevent the disruption and displacement of native wildlife. The Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (the DRNA or Department of Natural Resources) is tasked with regulating the importation of exotic and foreign animals into the island. If the DRNA finds someone importing animals, or keeping animals without the required permits, the animals are confiscated. If there is no where to safely house the animals, they may have to be destroyed.

This is where Kira’s World Exotic Mini Zoo comes in. They work with the DRNA to house and keep these animals safely out of the wild of Puerto Rico. They also rescue some sick or injured local pets and animals, and give them the care they need to have better lives. They offer tours of their facilities to teach people about the animals, the importance of not taking animals out of the wild, and proper care of animals.

Kira's World Exotics

Kira’s World Exotic Mini Zoo is located in Vega Baja, on the north coast of Puerto Rico. They do really mean “mini zoo” — the animals are housed in the yard of a home in a residential neighborhood. This is a family-run operation. They share their home/yard with all these animals who need them, and they offer tours of the property. Through their arrangement with the DRNA, the animals get the shelter, food, and health care they need to have good lives. It is wonderful that there is a place where the rescued and maltreated animals can find a safe home.

Kira's World Exotics

Our Visit

Personally, we love animals and are very active in animal rescue. So when I saw this little place, I knew we had to go check it out. They opened the gates promptly at the tour time, and you park in the neighboring parking area. You go to their covered driveway, fill out the required paperwork. And then your guide will introduce you to the zoo, explaining who they are and what they do.

Kira's World Exotics

They take you around to each cage, and tell you about each animal, where it is originally found in the wild, how they ended up with it, the problems or special needs of the animal. Many of the animals were rescued from poor living conditions, so they may have lasting health problems. They want to teach people not only about the animals, but also about why taking them out of their natural habitat is bad, and why before getting any pet, one needs to know how to properly care for it.

The guides know each one of the animals personally, they know their personalities, and as we walked around, you can tell that every person who works there really cares for the well-being of the animals. They make sure the animals are getting the stimulus they require. While the cages may be small, the animals were all clean, healthy, and well cared-for. They really were blessed to find this second chance at life.

Kira's World Exotics

They have about 100 animals in their care. There were many exotic birds, and their colors were bright and beautiful. But they also had some birds that were bare or hurt, and they are trying to educate people that birds have feelings, illnesses, and need special care. There were a number of mammals, big and small, but all rare and exotic animals that should never be kept as pets. There are lemurs, wallaby, ant eater, bobcat, and zebra, just to name a few. They are all beautiful animals. It was pretty neat to be able to see all these animals in one place, but it was just sad to know why they were there.

All in all, it is a really wonderful place. I highly recommend it for everyone, especially kids. Education is the key to saving our planet.

Kira's World Exotics

Details

The cost of admission is $7 per person (12 and up) $5.50 for 3-11yo. You can have your photo taken with some of the animals for an additional charge.

They are open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. The last tour starts at 4pm. Reservations are required. You MUST pay 50% of admission cost at time of reservation to ATH Movil 939-389-9709 or Paypal 787-422-2871.

The tours are usually conducted in Spanish. If you need a tour in English, let them know that when you make your reservation and they will try to accommodate you.

Allow about 1 hour for the tour.

To make a reservation, call or contact them via text message or WhatsApp at (939) 389-9709 or 787-675-2431, or send them a message through their Facebook page.

You can call them at 787-675-2431 for more information.

You can get more info on their Facebook page.

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to Exit 42 (toward Morovis). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Road 137. Turn right onto Road 670. Turn left onto Calle A. Turn right onto Calle D. Take to the end. Park on the street.

Kira’s World Exotic Mini Zoo is about a 45-60 minute drive from the San Juan area.

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