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The Barcelona Zoo has creatures that everyone loves, from the most cuddly to the most fierce. Within Parc de la Ciutadella's 35 acres (14 hectares), you'll find a zoo housing 7,000 animals spanning 400 species. Here, you can see everything from do...

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Among its diverse attractions, Barcelona Zoo boasts a primate house, terrarium, and a captivating "Land of Dragons" featuring Komodo dragons and five other exotic species from the Asia Pacific. The zoo's modern recreations of their natural habitats provide visitors with an immersive experience. Additionally, the zoo offers dolphin shows at its Aquarama.

In a terrifying incident on December 8, 2014, a 45-year-old man was rescued from a lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo after being seriously mauled by three lions. Witnesses reported seeing him jump into the enclosure, resulting in injuries from bites and scratches. Fortunately, he was rescued and eventually recovered.

Barcelona Zoo made headlines in December 2020 when four of its lions tested positive for COVID-19, marking one of the few instances of large felines contracting the virus. The zoo's staff, familiar with the animals' routines, conducted PCR tests on them, and provided veterinary care akin to treating a mild flu. The lions responded well to the treatment and close monitoring.

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Why Visit Barcelona Zoo?

  • 100 years of history: Barcelona Zoo is a popular attraction with over 100 years of history, offering a unique opportunity to learn about animals from around the world.
  • Witness 4,000 animals: The zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including endangered species, providing visitors with a chance to see rare and exotic creatures up close.
  • Unique exhibits: The zoo features several exhibits, such as the Tropical Aviary and the Reptile House, providing a unique opportunity to see animals up close.
  • Children's zoo: The Children's Zoo allows visitors to interact with domestic animals, making it a great experience for families with young children.
  • Workshops: Barcelona Zoo plays an important role in conservation efforts and offers educational programs and workshops for visitors of all ages.
  • Surround yourself with nature: The zoo is located in the beautiful Ciutadella Park, making it a perfect destination for a day out in nature.
  • Great for budget travel: Barcelona Zoo is easily accessible by public transportation and offers affordable admission prices, making it a great option for budget-conscious travellers.

What To Do At Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo is the perfect place to unwind, especially with children. There are many activities you can partake in and spend quality time with nature.

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Family Activities

Barcelona Zoo offers a range of activities for families like New Escape Room, Knowing The Sea Lions, The Birds - Who Is Who, Meeting The Hypopotamuses and Animal Welfare. where visitors can watch these intelligent marine mammals perform tricks and stunts. The zoo also offers behind-the-scenes tours, where visitors can learn about the daily operations of the zoo and get up close to some of the animals.

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Educational Activities

Barcelona Zoo has many educational programs designed for both kids and adults. Educators take visitors through the zoo’s history, different conservation programs undertaken by the zoo to protect the animals and even volunteer programs where visitors can sign up to be temporary caretakers.

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Holiday Camps

This is a special activity planned for children around Easter, Christmas and Summer holidays. The Zoo's activity camps provide a distinct educational opportunity for kids and adolescents to learn about animal life and promote respect for conservation and biodiversity.

Frequently Asked Questions About Barcelona Zoo

What is Barcelona Zoo?

 Barcelona Zoo is an ecological park and zoo located in Parc de la Ciutadella, spread across 32 acres.

Why is Barcelona Zoo famous?

Barcelona Zoo is famous for being home to more than 4000 species of animals. Snowflake, the world’s only known albino gorilla lived here until his death in 2003.

How much are Barcelona Zoo tickets?

Barcelona Zoo tickets cost about €21.40. You can explore combo tickets as well, which give you access to Barcelona Zoo and Aquarium Barcelona.

What can I do at Barcelona Zoo?

You can watch 4000+ species of animals and learn more about their daily life. The zoo also has many activities that you can participate in.

When was Barcelona Zoo opened?

Barcelona Zoo was opened in 1892.

Where is Barcelona Zoo located?

 Barcelona Zoo is located in Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The official address is Parc de la, 08003 Barcelona, Spain. Follow the directions on Maps here.

How can I get to Barcelona Zoo?

 You can take public transport or drive to the zoo. Buses D20, H14, H16, V21 and V27, Tram, Metro and Renfe, all go to Parc de la Ciutadella.

What are Barcelona Zoo timings?

Barcelona Zoo is open on all days of the year, except Christmas Day afternoons. The timings are 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday to Friday) and 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Saturday and Sunday).