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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Lisbon Zoo and many more Lisbon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Lisbon vacation planner.
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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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  • I have been to numerous city zoos and wondered how this one would be in comparison. Well, I'm happy to say, it's a mid size zoo smaller than the Bronx or San Diego by far.yet, it's cozy and has alot o...  more »
  • Very cute ZOO and worth visiting with kids. They have all kind of tropical animlas but also domestic animals. The most interesting was the Delphin Show and Sea lion show, which are both included in th...  more »
  • We spent 4 hours here, luckily there are many benches and kiosks to get drinks/icecream. Also several restaurants who looked reasonable charged. Peacock was very tame and funny. Looked like the animal...  more »
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  • It's a nice place to visit with plenty of animals to see. The birds show and the dolphins are entertaining. There are some great enclosures for the monkeys and the felines and they seem to be confortable within their enclosure. If you want to see everything with ease and catch the shows it's advisable to take the whole day (10Am-18pm) to visit
  • I used to come here every other week with my grandfather as I was growing up, because I loved watching the animals and the shows they presented to visitors. From sharing educational feeding times, to playing with the animals, to actually letting you touch them. But ever since it was remodeled some years ago, it's become a truly gorgeous, worthwhile place for anyone and everyone of all ages. It's like you're walking past real habitats, where the animals feel free and happier. No more cages and bars. No more concrete ceilings over their heads for the most part. It's not particularly cheap, but it's understandable and 100% worthwhile, given the size and the whole experience you're provided. You can become a member of their associate programme​ with a yearly fee, which basically gives you a free pass, while you're helping the zoo. There's a smaller area with farm animals, a cable car circuit across the whole thing, a tourist train, and many places to eat inside (including a McDonald's, if you want to cut expenses). It's still one of my favourite places in the world.
  • It was a huge disappointment in terms what you expect from a highly rated zoo: the animals are kept in compact environments, which do not look like natural - especially the poor dolphins condemned to occupy a tiny pool; the zoo is all plastic (I'm not joking - the "stones" in the reptile zone are made of plastic), coca cola ads and stupid rules (you cannot exit where you entered, but have to go around despite carrying a small child). Despite a significant ticket price the property is poorly maintained. The only thing that impressed us was the cable cars that give you a tour around the zoo. It was fun to observe the zoo from above.
  • Great zoo with a lot of activities, better check the shows timetable, to see the feeding shows and the dolphins. We've spent 4 hours there. The animals seem to be fine, although some monkeys and birds are kept in metal cages. The overall experience was good, but you can feel a bit uneasy, while it's still a zoo.
  • A very nice zoo to visit with easy walking between the animal's enclosures with the benefit of all the beautiful trees giving plenty of shade. Well organized.