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Helsinki Zoo

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Address: Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki 00570, Finland
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+358 9 31037900
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20...

Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from the city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal and 1000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls. Not to mention the indigenous Finnish species: elk, bear, wolverine, forest reindeer and more.

The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Helsinki Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Helsinki zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to re-introduce animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is renowned for its work in helping endangered big cats. Helsinki Zoo is the most significant annual donor for the conservation of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger.

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In winter Helsinki zoo has little animals, but it is still worth visiting for a good walk. Buses to the zoo ride on a schedule, which can be found at the website of the zoo. Also... read more

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

the novel thing about this zoo is that a ferry takes u to an island dedicated totally to a zoo. the expanse is hence imaginable . one will find most wild cats here and their enclosures are great too. eateries and other charms are few. one could easily skip. but then theres hardly anything to do in helsinki.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed so much and so did whole family. We spent 4 hours watching the animals. Most of them we out and active on May so it is a great time to go there. Lots of good picnic areas outside and inside

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In winter Helsinki zoo has little animals, but it is still worth visiting for a good walk. Buses to the zoo ride on a schedule, which can be found at the website of the zoo. Also if you are a student, you can buy a ticket for less. It was wonderful trip. I'd like to come back there again in... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short ferry ride from the centre of helsinki (kauppatori) takes you to this brilliant zoo, where you can easily spend a day with your family. It has a great variety of animals, which you are able to see at close range, and also has some indoor areas with tropical insects, birds and snakes. There are kids playing areas, several... More 

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Kopavogur, Iceland
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location but there are not so many animals: didnot see the lion when we visited: the leopard is so great to see though!

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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The zoo is really good and big. We enjoyed the beauty of nature, clean and spacious cages for animals, rejoiced about the comfort with which predatory cats and monkeys live there. It can take a whole day if you walk slowly.

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I went there this Easter and even though the weather wasn't very good and some of the animals have hidden themselves, the overall experience was pretty good! I especially liked the restaurant from where you can look at the bears' place, the Amazonian part was absolutely amazing, and of course that I got my face painted as a parrot -... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I'm a huge fan of zoo's, ive visited allmost every zoo in the Netherlands. And before i flew to Helsinki i found out that there's also a zoo. The zoo surprised me (in a positive) way because I cant remember seeing so many predators. It's quite spacious but they dont have animals awfull lot of animals. I took the bus... More 

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Cashel, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Visited here while stopped over in Helsinki, it is a nice place on its own little island away from the big city, they have some nice animals on display there that look like they are well liked after.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Helsinki is a lovely, beautiful place with friendly people, but although this island is beautiful and peaceful with a lot of nature the big cats especially did not look happy. Even my 7 year old boy noticed that the enclosures they are kept in are too small. I would have enjoyed the experience more if there had been less exotic... More 

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Korkeasaari, Asiakassuhdepäällikkö at Helsinki Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Just wanted to let you know that all the big cat species; Asian lions, Amur tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards, are endangered or critically endangered, all due to human action. The indivituals are part of European Endangered species Program (EEP) that aims at conserving healthy populations of animals in captivity while safeguarding the genetic... More 

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