Zoos are usually not the first attractions you’d add to your must-visit list when traveling. We usually walk near them without feeling an urge to check out, and that’s okay!
However, there are a few zoos around Europe completely different compared to the image we have in our minds about these places. In this article, we carefully selected a list of the best zoos in Europe to visit, mostly based on their importance in conserving endangered species.
The oldest zoo in the world, founded in 1752, the Schonbrunn Zoo has earned the title of Best Zoo in Europe in 2008, 2010 and 2012. When you arrive here you will be understand why this is the perfect place for a journey to the animal kingdom.
This park is a UNESCO heritage site and home to more than 700 species of animals. Here you can see what the Amazon Rainforest looks like right in the heart of Vienna, and get to meet pandas, tigers, elephants and koalas. Make sure you charge your smartphone and camera before you reach this place, as you don’t want to miss out on the chance to take lots of beautiful pics to share with your friends!
The Berlin Zoo is the most diverse zoo in the world and has been attracting lots of visitors since 1844, showcasing exotic animals, together with wild animals and even some local ones. The place itself stands as an example of good practices and methods in the conservation of animal species, being involved in various European and international breeding and sustainable nature projects.
The Berlin Zoo is located in the southwestern part of the Tiergarten Park. It is home to at least 17,500 species of animals.
The Prague Zoo was opened in 1931 to promote the study of zoology and wildlife protection, and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful zoos in Europe. It showcases 4,600 animals from 630 species. Among the unique species in this park are the Komodo lizards, the world’s smallest deer species, the Rothschild giraffe (only 1,500 of which are alive today). The Prague Zoo is a beautiful zoo that will change the way you see wildlife, stretching over 58 hectares.
The London Zoo can be found in Regent Park, and it features 7,500 species of animals on an area of 15 hectares. With great care programs especially for endangered species, including the Knysna sea horse and the giant Weta bug. The London Zoo attracts thousands of tourists from around the world who travel here every year to visit the magnificent animal kingdom. It’s no wonder this zoo earned a huge award at the London Awards in 2010, for Best Tourism Experience.
The name “ZSL” refers to the Zoological Society of London, which emphasizes the scientific importance of this park.
The Copenhagen Zoo is host to more than 3,000 animals. Regardless of the weather outside, here you can get both a tropical and a polar aquatic experience at the same time! You’ll get a chance to see snakes, crocodiles, snakes, deer, butterflies and many exotic birds, along with polar bears and North Atlantic birds.
Seeing the animals closely will make your visit more enjoyable, especially for the young ones. If you feel like you don’t have the energy to go through the whole place after walking for hours through Barcelona, you have the option to visit by a small train or even a mini electric car. It should be mentioned that the park stretches over not less than 13 hectares — perhaps you might want to take that into consideration as well.
The Barcelona zoo is also home to the only Albino gorilla in captivity, which you can admire through a huge window. In addition to numerous species of birds and reptiles, the place also has a giant aquarium and penguin shows.
The Tenerife Park is located on a volcanic island and stretches over several dozen hectares filled with lush vegetation, many tropical trees and exotic animals. It contains more than 350 species of parrots, monkeys, lions, tigers and penguins.