Lisbon Zoo, Lisbon

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Explore the historical Lisbon Zoo with its 300 species of animals, many of which are endangered. Dr. Van Der Leen, who owned the largest aviary in the country, founded the zoo in 1884 with the support of a few others. This zoo is focused on conservation and the continuation of endangered species. Learn about its efforts by participating in an educational program or joining in a recreational activity on site. You can see more than 2,000 animals, including 157 species of birds. The zoo also offers a number of entertaining exhibits, including a dolphin show. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Lisbon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lisbon Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Ideal place to visit with kids. I visited the zoo in family with a child of 2 years and was amazed. 8 hours are required for the potential of the visit.
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  • The Zoo is great, they have the animals people will see the npr they come at the Zoo! Have been here the last 18årene been years. Just a good time every time!. Only they could forrandret must be to create new "dolphin show," this has been the same, as long as I can remember.
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  • Very nice Park with animals of all origins but that still seemed warm under 32 degrees... *-{the dolphin show was great according to my husband and my son... To do for kids in love animals but tiring when it's hot!
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  • Great place to spend a day in a friendly environment, good for all ages, there are a couple of restaurants and a pretty crowded McDonald's. Apart from the variety of animals, we also saw the Dolphin show which was spectacular. Highly recommend, a 20 Euro well spent and an unforgettable experience!
  • On last July, my dad and I visited this zoo in Portugal and we saw lots of animals including bears, apes, birds, koalas, turtles, dolphins and all kinds of birds and they are amazing. I saw two cranes and their young as well. Either one of them confronted me and it was trying to peck me when I was going near the young but luckily I didn't get attacked by one of the cranes. The cranes thought I was a poacher but I did not want to hurt their young. These big birds sure are protective and they always protect their young from poachers and predators. The weather was lovely and very warm. Anyway, we are the tourists from Dublin, Ireland.
  • An excellent zoo. Really enjoyed the cable car ride. Great variety of animals to see close-up.
  • Old style zoo. Some of The animals don't seem to be happy at all. Maybe a reformulation like National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra could boost this somewhat sad place. More interaction and more freedom is a must.
  • We visited this zoo late on a Tuesday in mid-November which means we basically had the whole zoo to ourselves. I was amazed at the number and range of animals given the relatively small size of the zoo. I would recommend the entity that manages the zoo to focus on ensuring the zoo is kept cleaner which is why my rating is 4 out of 5. The zoo should also offer healthier food alternatives as the only option is junk food. The Lisbon Zoo has the potential of being an extraordinary place to visit if it is cleaned and maintained properly, offers heathly food options and expands to allow the animals to have more room to roam around. Finally, I had a pleasant highlight when visiting the bamboo monkeys as one of the baby monkeys squeazed herself out of the cage and then squeazed herself back in - I actually thought she was going to jump on my shoulder!

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Where to stay in Lisbon

Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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