Barcelona Zoo

Southern ground hornbill

Barcelona Zoo is a popular family destination in Catalonia's capital. Dolphins, elephants, gorillas, hippos, lions, monkeys, and other fascinating creatures – about 2,000 animals of more than 300 species! – live in its wide lush enclosures. It attracts over one million visitors per year, and the Zoo Club has almost 100,000 members.

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The zoo in Barcelona has one of the most significant animal collections in Europe. For years, specifically from 1966 to 2003, the zoo star was Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla. He had 22 children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. None of them were albino. 

"People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren't for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today." – Betty White, an American actress and animal rights advocate.

Because the zoo participates in international conservation initiatives focused on breeding and rescuing endangered species, some of the animals at the Barcelona Zoo are part of a captive breeding program. Among these are black vultures, huge anteaters, and pygmy hippopotamus.

The facility has various amenities: bars, restaurants, pony, train, electric car rides for children, a souvenir shop, and cozy picnic spots. It also serves as a biodiversity park, with over 1300 trees, plants, and flowers. All this guarantees an incredible day at the zoo.

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Barcelona Zoo Map

A Bit of History

On the feast day of the city's patron saint, the Virgin of Mercy, Barcelona Zoo initially opened its doors in September 1892. It was when Lluís Martí Codolar, a Catalan banker and businessman, donated his exotic and native animal collection to the Barcelona City Council. 

The zoological garden was created on a vacant plot of land in the Parc de la Ciutadella after the 1888 World Fair.

Barcelona Zoo Animals in Pictures

Chinese alligator
Chinese alligator (a critically endangered species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild)

Humboldt penguins
Humboldt penguins (a vulnerable species that is susceptible to endangerment)

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Southern ground hornbill (a least concern species evaluated with a lower risk of extinction)

Bornean orangutan
Bornean orangutans (a critically endangered species)

Black-tailed prairie dogs
Black-tailed prairie dogs (a least concern species)

Pygmy hippopotamus
Pygmy hippopotamus (an endangered species that is seriously at risk of extinction in the wild)

Red panda
Red panda (an endangered species)

Giant anteater
Giant anteater (a vulnerable species)

Dorcas gazelle
Dorcas gazelle (a vulnerable species)

Giant Asian pond turtle
Giant Asian pond turtle (a vulnerable species)

How to Get to Barcelona Zoo

The Parc de la Ciutadella is home to Barcelona Zoo. The park and zoo are both conveniently accessible from the old El Born district. There are two entrances: through Ciutadella Park (in front of the equestrian statue of General Prim) and from Wellington Street, close to Ciutadella Vila Olímpica metro station.

Public Transportation

Bus (lines H14, V19): Estació de França
Metro (line L4): Ciutadella Vila Olímpica
Tram (line T4): Ciutadella | Vila Olímpica

Renting a Car – a leader in online car rental reservations – is the best site to book a car in Barcelona. They compare car rental deals from many companies so you can choose what works best for you. 

Visiting Barcelona Zoo

Feeding and touching animals, bringing pets (other than medically approved guide dogs), and entering the zoo by bicycles, skates, or scooters are strictly prohibited for the safety of visitors and the health and welfare of the animals.

Barcelona Zoo Opening Hours & Ticket Prices

Barcelona Zoo opens every day at 10 am, but its closing time varies depending on the season. It closes at 5.30 pm during winter months, 7 pm during spring and fall seasons, and 8 pm during summer.

Adult: 21,40€
Child (from 3 to 12 years): 12,95€
Toddler (under three years): free
A person with disabilities: 5,65€
Senior (older than 65 years old): 10,50€

Tickets to the Barcelona Zoo may also be purchased online through for a full day of recreation. 

Where to Stay in Barcelona

On, you can book over 2,500 homes, apartments, and other unique places to stay in Barcelona.

According to this online travel agency for lodging reservations, Hotel Casa Camper, Olivia Plaza Hotel, and Praktik Èssens are some of the best hotels in Catalonia's capital city.

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  1. We have a lot of zoos and animal encounters here in Florida, but I don't think I've seen a red panda before. At first I thought it was a fox and I was wondering what it was doing up in a tree!

  2. I always have mixed feelings about visiting zoos and seeing the animals in captivity. But great that the Barcelona Zoo participates in international conservation initiatives. You got some great natural pics of the animals.

  3. This is an amazing Zoo with nice collection. I loved your photography, they provide with a clear view of the animals.It was sad to see Red Panda in the endangered species. Many animals ahve already gone extinct and to maintain bio diversity, it is easy to rescue as many species as possible.

  4. I'm actually not very much into zoos although they are trying to rebuilt some more or less natural habitat for the animals - still, they don't belong there. Also, I prefer to visit some unique and typical landmarks. However, zoos are a good attraction to visit when travelling with kids.