Zoo in Barcelona

Southern ground hornbill

Barcelona Zoo is a well-known family attraction in Catalonia's capital. Dolphins, elephants, gorillas, hippos, lions, monkeys, and other fascinating creatures – over 2,000 animals from over 300 different species! – live in its lush enclosures. The zoo receives over a million visitors each year, and the Zoo Club has nearly 100,000 members.

Since I was a child, I've enjoyed going to a zoo. People have different opinions about zoological gardens, which house animals in enclosures. I agree that numerous low-quality zoos in Europe (and around the world) must be closed for the welfare of the animals kept there. There are, however, zoos affiliated with the European Zoo Association that offer a comfortable environment for animals. We should also remember that no animal on the planet has an entirely safe habitat, so freedom does not always imply safety and happiness. Personally, only animal exploits for fun, such as animal circuses, dolphin shows, and horse-drawn carriages on busy city streets, irritate me.



The zoo in Barcelona houses one of Europe's most important animal collections. Some of the species at the zoo are part of a captive breeding program because it participates in international conservation initiatives aimed at breeding and rescuing endangered species. The black vulture, giant anteater, and pygmy hippopotamus are among them.

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Barcelona Map


The Zoo's Brief 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 There

The Parc de la Ciutadella is home to Barcelona Zoo. The park and the 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

Opening Hours & Ticket Prices

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