Visiting The Catalonian Capital's Zoological Garden, Barcelona Zoo

Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo is a popular family destination in Catalonia's capital. Dolphins, elephants, gorillas, hippos, lions, monkeys, and other fascinating creatures live in its lush enclosures – over 2,000 animals from over 300 different species! The zoo attracts over a million visitors each year.

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People have differing views on zoological gardens that house animals in enclosures. Since I was a kid, I've enjoyed going to zoos. I stand in solidarity with those who want the world's low-quality zoos to be closed as soon as possible for animal welfare reasons. Still, I believe that European Association of Zoos and Aquaria member zoos provide a positive environment for the animals. We should also be aware that no animal in the wild has an entirely safe habitat in the twenty-first century, so freedom does not always imply safety and happiness. Also, some people in the world live worse than animals in zoos. 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 species here are part of captive breeding programs, as the Barcelona Zoo participates in international conservation initiatives to breed and rescue endangered species. The black vulture, giant anteater, and pygmy hippopotamus are among them. Copito de Nieve, or Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, was the zoo's star for many years, specifically from 1966 to 2003. He had 22 children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, none of whom were albinos.

Barcelona Zoo Animals in Photos

Chinese alligator
Chinese alligator (a critically endangered species)

Humboldt penguins
Humboldt penguins (a vulnerable species)

Barcelona Zoo
Southern ground hornbill (a least-concern species)

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)

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)

History of Barcelona Zoo

An empty plot of land in the Parc de la Ciutadella in the Catalan capital became the site of the first zoological garden following the World Fair in 1888. In 1892, the Barcelona Zoo initially opened its doors. Due to new city policies against animal shows, the dolphinarium stopped offering acrobatic performances of trained cetaceans in 2015; the facility, however, remains open to the public to watch the animals.

How to Get to the Barcelona Zoo

The Barcelona Zoo is located in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The park and the zoo are easily accessible from the historic El Born district. There are two entrances: one in Ciutadella Park, opposite the Monument to General Prim, and the other on Carrer del Wellington street, near the Ciutadella Villa Olimpica metro station.

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

Barcelona Zoo Tickets

To avoid long lines, buy your Barcelona Zoo tickets online. As you explore the zoo, information signs and interactive zones will inform you of everything you need to know about the animals.

Where to Stay in Barcelona

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