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The Basel Zoo is located quite central in the city, therefore being relatively small as there is no additional space for expansion left. It is nonetheless one of the most important zoos in Europe, owning many rare and interesting species. One of the unique features of Basel Zoo is an enclosure where hippos, zebras and ostriches are combined. Basel Zoo does not make it into my my personal "top 10 zoos in Europe" list, but is still very worthwhile visiting.
I visited Basel Zoo during a visit to the city in April 2007.
It is said that Basel Zoo is one of the most impressive zoos in Europe and, from my limited experience of European zoos, this is quite possibly true. It stands in impressive gardens and offers a large variety of wildlife to its visitors.
I paid my 16 CHF for an adult ticket and joined the crowds on a busy, sunny Easter Saturday.
The zoo contains a number of houses devoted to certain types of animal life. For example:
Vivarium - an impressive aquarium with a large selection of fish, sharks and sea life as well as penguins;
Australis - devoted to Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, bush turkeys and snakes. Doesn't really do justice to the large variety of wildlife found in Australia;
Primate House - an impressive collection of gorillas, apes, chimpanzees and monkeys. Probably the highlight of the zoo for me. The primates were very active, swinging from ropes, chasing each other and throwing straw around;
Antelope House - giraffes, okapis and kudus. On this sunny day, all the animals had chosen to leave their "house" and bask in the sunshine in their dedicated gardens;
Gamgoas - crocodiles, lions and a huge termite mound (but no sign of any termites);
Bird House - an area with free-flying birdlife;
As well as the various houses, there are many animals outdoors. For example, you can see elephants, hundreds of pink flamingoes by the lake, meerkats, sealion feeding sessions and ponies (which children can pay to have a ride on).
There is a large cafe area in the centre of the zoo and ice cream carts throughout the gardens. You can buy souvenirs and postcards in the zoo shop next to the exit.
Basel has one of the most beautiful Zoos in Switzerland. It's definitely worth a trip!
Januar - Februar 8am - 5.30pm
März - April 8am - 6pm
Mai - August 8am - 6.30pm
September - Oktober 8am - 6pm
November - Dezember 8am -5.30pm
Children under 6 years: free
Children until 16 years: CHF 5
Adults: CHF 14
Students: CHF 12
Families (Parents w/children under 20 years): CHF 30
The Zoo / Zolli
The Basel Zoo is a must-see if you have a little time left.
I always enjoyed being there. For the Bebbies (the people from Basel) it is only called the "Zolli".
Opened in 1874 it hosts over 6000 animal from about 600 species. It is (after the Rhine Falls) the second-most visited touristic place in switzerland.
In the last years they made some very special additions. One is the Etosha house, where they simulate african flora and fauna.
I am sure the lions will soon not be so shy anymore :-) and let themselves be seen...
In winter there is the "Penguin Parade". When its cold enough outside, they take a walk with the penguins.
My they are cute (see pic)
In the zoo, a stroll becomes an adventure.
Let your children lead you through the zoo, where landscaped enclosures gradually disclose more than first meets the eye. Sounds and smells reveal a fascinating world of discovery.
Visit the monkey house, where three little gorillas enjoy playing together; the African exhibit, where zebras, hippopotami and austriches live with each other; the children? s zoo, full of domestic animals of exotic breeds, and the unique vivarium.
At the entrances, you can learn when the little elephants have a bath with their aunts, but look out, it may not only be the elephants that get wet.
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The Basel zoo is a comprehensive zoo - one of the largest I've seen. Six hundred species live in this park of around 11 hectares. The only two zoos I have visited which had more animals are London and San Diego.
They have a large African display with lions, hippos, giraffes, etc.
The Balois lovingly refer to their zoo, opened in 1874, by the diminutive Zolli. Some six thousand animals, about six hundred species, live in this park of around 28 acres. About a million people visit the Zolli every year. In numbers of visitors that puts it second only to Switzerland's most popular attraction, the Rhine Fall in Schaffhausen.
A ZOO IS ALWAYS FUN FOR YOUNG AND NOT SO YOUNG...
In the Basel Zoo, a stroll becomes an adventure. Sounds and smells reveal a fascinating world of discovery....
Visit the new ETOSHA exhibit with enclosures for cheetahs and African wild dogs, the children's Zoo the African exhibit where zebras, hippopotami and ostriches live with each other and visit the vivarium/terrarium and much more.......best time: spring and summer....
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A walk in the woods, with animals. Basel Zoo is devoted to conservation, there is less stress on education and more on creating a sympathetic habitat for those larger mammals that remain. Worth and afternoon and good value at CHF 14 for a single adult - special deals for families
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Basel Zoo. The zoo is...
Basel Zoo. The zoo is situated right in the centre of the city in a lovely green park. It can get busy at weekends and isn't huge but has a number of rare species and makes a pleasant morning or afternoon. Highlights include feeding times for the various animals, the monkeys and the birds of prey.
Not all the dangerous animals are in cages
At the Basel zoo, the animal that almost bit my toe off was not one of the dangerous cats (lions or cheetahs) but this goose who did not want us near.
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