The Riyadh Zoo is a most popular leisure attraction with locals in Riyadh.
The Zoo, first formed in 1957, was originally a small-scale affair, consisting of animals presented as gifts to the first three kings of the Kingdom.
In 1987, a new and entirely refurbished zoo was opened. The new zoo was designed to provide the animals with room to move and suitable places to rest. Today it contains some 40 species, including bears, birds of prey, camels, elephants, hyenas, gazelles, leopards, lamas, lions, monkeys, rhinoceroses, tigers and a number of reptiles.
If you are used to seeing the beautifully laid out zoos of the western world, you will be saddened by the sight and condition of the animals here.
There is a small train that runs through the zoo - on ladies day, women drive it. So women can drive in Saudi!!
Schools, compounds and other organizations often run trips to the zoo.
Unfortunately families cannot visit together so it’s fathers and children or mothers and children (boys over ten or eleven are considered male adults).
Saturday CLOSED ALL DAY
Sunday WOMEN End of Asr prayer to dusk
Monday MEN End of Asr prayer to dusk
Tuesday WOMEN End of Asr prayer to dusk
Wednesday MEN End of Asr prayer to dusk
Thursday WOMEN 2100 to dusk
Friday MEN 1300 to dusk
The Kingdoms largest Zoo, where more than 40 species wander in open spaces throghout the 134,000-sqm/1,442,000 sqft area. Children may be accompanied by either their mother or father, but not
both parents which to me is very strange bceause as a family you cant go in there !!!! Generally speaking boys of 10yrs or older are considered Adults.
After 3 years of living here in Riyadh, i finally set foot into the famous family get away here in Riyadh.....The Riyadh ZOO.
I was thinking of where to bring my daughter one weekend and i though of taking her to this Zoo considering she loves to see animals :-)
The place is relatively big..with Elephants, Giraffes, Monkeys, Camles etc etc.
They also have a train ride if you're tired to see the zoo by foot.
If you feel hungry and was't able to bring food..don't fret! Lots of kiosks are available inside. Although most of the families who are visiting the zoo also take the opportunity to go on a picnic inside.
Adult Fee: SR 10.00
* Children below 2 are free of charge
Note: please check timings for families and singles