With 1,700 animals, the Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi is home to a variety of species, from local goats to the more exotic savannah lions and cheetahs. Located close to the city, it is the perfect way to spend a day out with the family, with a petting zoo and sea lion show providing entertainment for the kids.
From admiring the rare and impressive white tigers to feeding giraffes and elephants under the guidance of trained zoo professionals, there is something for everyone here. The zoo aspires to play its part in conservation and as such wants to encourage children and adults alike to learn more about the challenges of wildlife in the modern world. The site is split into several sections, including the bird park, primate parade, the aquarium, and snake alley. Several areas are indoors and air-conditioned, meaning the zoo can be visited all year round.
From Abu Dhabi, the easiest way to visit the Emirates Park Zoo is to book a day tour that includes hotel pickup and drop off. Traveling with a private guide makes it a unique experience, giving you an insight into the lives of the animals as well as ample free time to walk around and explore the zoo at your own pace.
If not arriving as part of an organized tour, you can reach the zoo by taking a metered taxi or regional bus from the city.
Did You Know? The Emirates Park Zoo has a unique and unusual guest, Jasper the cheetah. Rescued with other cheetah cubs from smugglers selling them as pets, Jasper has developed a quirky skill as a painter. His paintings are sold to the public and all the profits go towards conservation.