Rio de Janeiro is not just about festivals, beaches and sun. Visitors to the wonderful city can also enjoy visiting the zoo and seeing some truly rare and special animals.
The Jardim Zoológico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is the oldest zoo in Rio de Janeiro. It was built in 1945 in Boa Vista in St. Kitts district and has been entertaining and educating the public since then. The paths are lined with royal palms which lends an air of majesty to the setting.
The original zoo was built by Baron Drummond in 1888 to try to expose the public to the beauty of animals that exist in Brazil as well as the rest of the world. The zoo encountered financial difficulties in later years and had to close down as the upkeep of the animals became too expensive and earnings were not enough to keep it going.
The new Jardim Zoológico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro was opened on 18 March 1945. The gate, a very magnificent and imposing structure, was given as a wedding gift to D. Pedro the First and Empress Leopoldina.
The zoo is home to a wide range of animals ranging from the more common to those that are far more rare and endangered. There are about 350 different species to see ranging across reptiles, mammals and birds. Jardim Zoológico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro has a program in place to attempt to reproduce endangered species like the King Vulture and Ararajuba Cachorro do Mato.
If you enjoy seeing animals or would like to introduce your children to seeing creatures they have never seen before, Jardim Zoológico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is a great place to visit. Be sure to allocate at least half a day for this visit, you will need it!
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: RIOZOOFee: Yes
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Parque da Quinta da Boa Vista, s/n
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 20910-061
Phone: +55 21 3030-2141
Accommodations near RIOZOO:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Green||São Cristóvão||13 Minutes|
How to get to RIOZOO by Metro
Take the Metro to São Cristóvão Station on Line 2. Exit and take the pedestrian ramps over to the north side of the train tracks descending down the left ramp. Cross the road into the park and continue along the path to the National Museum of Brazil. Continue following the path as it turns to the west around the north side of the museum and then proceed through the gate and straight down the cobblestone path lined with palm trees to the zoo entrance.
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