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Zoo Basel, Basel

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Head to Zoo Basel to see a range of creatures large and small, including endangered species bred in captivity as part of the zoo's renowned program. Established in 1874, the zoo receives nearly 2 million annual visitors and covers about 11 hectares (26 acres) in an urban setting within walking distance of the city's downtown area. Among the its 5,000 residents are penguins, rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses, snow leopards, squirrel monkeys, cheetahs, and European otters. Check the website before your visit to see schedules of feedings or events. Use our Basel trip builder to visit Zoo Basel on your trip to Basel, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Yes go there with young children. Otherwise I just wonder why this Zoo is so well spoken about among the people of Basel. It is small, some areas look 100 years old... the house for the apes is such a...  more »
  • Loved the Basel zoo ...... if you love animals this is the place to go . Spent the good part of the day walking around and having a good time. Zoo is in a fabulous location in the center of town. Try ...  more »
  • We were curious about the new elephant area and were in no way disappointed! The baby animals have pleasure!
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  • Great zoo. In my opinion it's even better than the Zoo in Zurich. They have many seasonal events and keep expanding. Make sure to check out their homepage, maybe there's an interesting activity when you visit, for example walking with the penguins in Winter.
  • Middle size zoo with spacious animal habitats compare to normal zoo. There are tierhouses which you can visit, and were well maintained. Feeding time for sealions and pelikans were a bit disappointing :(
  • Awesome experience. Must if you are visiting Basel. From Kangaroos to Penguins. Lions to Meercats. Exotic fishes to creepy crawlies. Basel Zoo has it all.
  • It's great zoo. I had a lot of fun. The zoo is quite big. It's perfect for children or couples.
  • A nice zoo labyrinth in the middle of town.