Zurich Zoo & Masoala Rainforest – an Excursion into the Animal Kingdom

Home to more than 380 animal species, Zurich Zoo is a must for all animal lovers. It shows the incredible diversity of wildlife within a small area.

  • 4,000 animals over an area of 27 hectares
    More than 380 animal species
    Enclosures with near-natural habitats
  • Protects biodiversity

The almost 90-year-old Zurich Zoo lies in an idyllic location on the Zürichberg, in the city’s Fluntern quarter. The zoo is located high above the rooftops of Zurich, surrounded by greenery, yet can still be reached quickly and easily from the city center.

Approximately 4,000 animals representing 380 different species live at Zurich Zoo. The oldest resident is Nigrita, a Galapagos giant turtle. She is over 70 years old and has been living at the zoo since 1946.

Zurich Zoo serves as an ambassador between people, animals and nature. With its fascinating initiatives and conservation projects, it contributes towards safeguarding biological diversity, and shares knowledge with people of all ages.

The following attractions await visitors at Zurich Zoo:

Masoala Rainforest 

Here live geckos, turtles, snakes, parrots, and many other rainforest animals.

Australian enclosure

Koalas, kangaroos, perenties, and emus have an enclosure of their own.

Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park

Eight Asian elephants live in this beautiful enclosure.


700 fish and around 70 aquatic species live in eight large basins, each of which form an individual habitat. The penguin enclosure is also part of the aquarium.

Mongolian Steppe

This area is home to Bactrian camels, domesticated yaks, and cashmere goats.


Capybaras, squirrel monkeys, giant anteaters, and other mammals and birds love the South American climate at this exhibit.


Here pygmy goats, pigs, and other domestic and farm animals enjoy being fed and stroked. 

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10% discount with the Zürich Card.

Zürich Card

  • 24 or 72 hours
  • Public transportation included
  • Free admission to museums
  • Over 50 discounts
Buy a Zürich Card


Adults (from 25) CHF 26
Disabled visitors CHF 13
Youths (16 – 25) CHF 19
Children (6 – 16) CHF 13
Children (up to 6 years) free
Family day ticket (2 adults with own children, 6 – 16) CHF 71

Opening Hours

  • November to February: daily, 9.00am – 5.00pm
    (Masoala Rainforest 10.00am – 5.00pm)
  • March to October: daily, 9.00am – 6.00pm
    (Masoala Rainforest 10.00am – 6.00pm)
  • Thai Lodge: Sundays