About Zurich Zoo
The credit for the popularity of the zoo goes solely to the tropical variety of more than 380 species which multiplies to at least 2,200 animals and birds in total. Among these animals lives the oldest resident of the zoo Nigrita, the Galapagos giant turtle, who has been existing there for 73 years.
Upon visiting the zoo you must explore all of its sections including ‘Lewa Savannah’ which is the biggest courtyard housing rhinos, giraffes and zebras. ‘Masoala Rainforest’ is also a great spot of the zoo in which geckos, turtles, snakes, parrots and many other rainforest species live merrily.
You must not miss the ‘Australian Enclosure’ which lets you get sights of koalas, kangaroos, perenties and emus whereas ‘Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park’ houses eight Asian Elephants for you to witness.
The zoo also has an ‘Aquarium’ with 70 species of fish in it, a ‘Mongolian Steppe’ which is a home to Bactrian camels, domesticated yaks and cashmere goats along with a ‘Pantanal’ which has capybaras, squirrel monkeys, giant anteaters and other mammals and birds.
Upon your visit do not miss visiting all these enclosures including the ‘Zoolino’ to have a memorable and cherishable experience at the Zurich Zoo among the exotic wildlife from around the world.
How to Reach Zurich Zoo
There are a plethora of ways to reach Zoo Zurich from the Airport. You can take a train from the Airport to reach the zoo. Alternatively, you can also take a line 6 tram which takes almost 45 minutes to reach the zoo from the Airport.
You can also drive to the zoo from the airport which is also the most cost effective way to reach the zoo. You can also get taxis from outside the airport and go directly to the zoo. Taxis will cost you around INR 4500 and will take 14 minutes of your time.
What Not to Miss at Zurich Zoo
There are various attractions awaiting you at Zoo Zurich. All you need to do is visit the place and unveil the great biodiversity that is sure to leave you gasping in awe! It is a great place for animal lovers and people who are eager to learn more about the biodiversity of the area. Listed below are some of the major attractions in and around Zoo Zurich:
1. Masoala Rainforest
Explore more than 500 species of plants, most of which can be found in Madagascar. The rainforest is also conditioned using a state-of-the-art system that keeps the levels of energy consumption to the minimum. If you visit Zoo Zurich, do not miss out on Masoala Rainforest.
2. Lewa Savannah
3. Australian Enclosure
4. Mongolian Steppe
You can also choose to stay for a night in the yurt village and enjoy the Mongolian biodiversity in Zoo Zurich. Certainly, this is one of the most visited enclosures in Zoo Zurich.
Here not only do you get to interact directly with all these animals, you also get to feed them! Besides the ones mentioned above, there are various other attractions like aquariums, and pantanal. All in all, there is no dearth of attractions in Zoo Zurich.
Other Essential Information About Zurich Zoo
Location: As the name suggests, Zoo Zurich is located in Zurich, Switzerland. You must reach Zurichbergstrasse to visit the zoo.
Timings: The zoo is open for visitors every day of the week but the opening hours vary with the seasons. The zoo opens at 9 O’clock in the morning. The closing time is 5 PM from November to February and 6 PM from March to October. Masoala Rainforest opens at 10 AM in the morning.
Distance from the airport: The road distance between the Airport and the Zoo is 11.8 KM.
Tickets at Zoo Zurich
The standard entry fee for adults above the age of 25 years is CHF 26. Individuals from the age of 16 years to 25 years will have to pay only CHF 19 to get an entry into the zoo. Children from the age of 6 to the age of 16 will have to pay CHF 13 to get inside the zoo and take a tour of the great biodiversity of the area.
Children up to the age of 6 can get a free entry. The entry free for disabled individuals is CHF 13. You can also buy tickets online and get great offers and discounts when you make purchases with a Zurich card.
History of Zurich Zoo
One of the biggest and the most popular zoos in Europe is Zoo Zurich, located in Zurich at a distance of 4.5 KM away from the city center. It was inaugurated in the year 1929 and has been one of the most visited tourist places in Switzerland ever since.
It is also a part of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The father of zoo biology, Heini Hedgier, served as the director of the zoo from 1954 till the year 1973. The zoo has a reputation for being the pioneer in European institutes to breed Galapagos tortoises successfully. It even discovered a new species of lemurs which is now known as Goodman mouse lemurs.
The zoo, over the years, has also sent various baby tortoises to other zoos across the country. In 1992, the authorities came up with a plan to double the area of the zoo by the year 2020. The plan also includes redoing and renovating the enclosures.
Various enclosures have already been implemented including Himalaya (home to Snow Leopards, Red Pandas and Amur Tigers), Zoolino and nature workshop, Gir dry forest (home to Indian Lions and Asian Otters) and more. The Lewa Savannah Section is still under development. Further developments include event locations, new buildings for great apes, aerial cableway and Asian steppe ecosystem.
Food and Drinks at Zurich Zoo
There is not one but various places at the zoo where you can buy food and refreshments. If you are up for a delicious meal after all that hustle- bustle at the zoo, you can head straight to the Thai Lodge which is open for tourists every Sunday. At the Lodge, not only do the tourists get to savor local and international delicacies, they also get to enjoy the landscaped view of the entire zoo!
You can also enjoy various Thai dishes and delicacies from Pranburi food stand which is located near the elephant house. There are various other restaurants and eateries situated near the zoo. If you would like to explore other dishes, you can head out and explore some other restaurants like the Zoocafe, Altes Klosterli, Rosiata’s Food and Drink and many more eateries.