RioZoo - Rio de Janeiro's Zoo, Rio de Janeiro

2.5
#24 of 70 in Parks in Rio de Janeiro
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
The RioZoo - Rio de Janeiro's Zoo has housed animals since the 1800s, when it was a major attraction for the city. Nowadays, you can still see the proud pachyderm stuffing its mouth with hay and the statuesque giraffe winking at you with a big brown eye. Apart from the standard fare of African species, such as the lion and ape, you'll see native mammals and birds. For example, the sloth drapes itself in the branches for a long nap, while the macaws chatter in the distance. Take the kids to the petting zoo to feed farm animals, or watch the crocs pop out of the water during feeding time. Avoid the restaurants inside the park to save some cash; instead, opt for a picnic on one of the lawns. Put RioZoo - Rio de Janeiro's Zoo into our Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • The animals are in tiny cement boxes with no shade from the heat. Having animals from snowy countries such as the Siberian tiger is cruel when there is no shade or protection from the sun. The big cat...  more »
  • The animals were pacing in the tiny cement cages no shelter from the sun no play toys the water was rancid that the hippos and bear had only one of each animal kept on their own. We took no pictures a...  more »
  • The zoo is so sad; the animals are in tiny cement boxes with no shade from the heat. Having animals from snowy countries such as the Siberian tiger is cruel when there is no shade or protection from t...  more »
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  • The day we visited there was a long line in front of the entrance, don't know if it's a usual thing or not. Loved to see the exotic birds! It's a great place to bring kids.
  • The Zoo was renovated, but apart from a couple of decent playgrounds and a small farm, it looks the same. It is a nice place for a Sunday morning if you don't mind seeing captivated animals.
  • É um ótimo lugar para ir com os filhos apesar de ter a entrada bem acessível as lembranças vendidas são um pouco caras
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  • Please, DO NOT visit this zoo. its horrible. the animals are going insane with boredom. They have no stimulation, barely any shade and there is an entire section where the animals have been abandoned without fresh water and only vultures for company. this place is a disgrace

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