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Zoo Basel, Basel

#1 of 12 in Parks in Basel
Must see · Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
Head to Zoo Basel to see a range of creatures large and small, including endangered species bred in captivity as part of the zoo's renowned program. Established in 1874, the zoo receives nearly 2 million annual visitors and covers about 11 hectares (26 acres) in an urban setting within walking distance of the city's downtown area. Among the its 5,000 residents are penguins, rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses, snow leopards, squirrel monkeys, cheetahs, and European otters. Check the website before your visit to see schedules of feedings or events. A visit to Zoo Basel represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Basel online trip maker to plot your vacation.
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  • My husband is in a wheelchair and with the exception of a few hills, he was able to easily navigate all the attractions.  more »
  • Very nice zoo. Clean and well kept. Nice aquarium. Open seven days a week. Lots of animals have little ones. Kids loved it!  more »
  • The layout is really nice and we were able to see a variety of animals. Many animals were inside because it was December and kind of chilly. A few of the indoor spaces provided plenty of room for my toddler and his cousins to run around and play. My only complaint is that the indoor elephant enclosure seemed much too small for the 3 elephants housed there.
  • I was very impressed by how the Basel zoo looks like. This is how a zoo should look like. Great condition for the animal. I saw many of the zoos in my country Romania and none can rise to the level of this one in Basel. Congratulations to all who have been involved in organizing the zoo in Basel. Ypu did a great job.

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