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“Nice zoo with heritage on display”
Review of Rotterdam Zoo

Rotterdam Zoo
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Ranked #3 of 194 things to do in Rotterdam
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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice zoo with heritage on display”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Blijdorp is a very nice zoo and easily reachable from Rotterdam city centre by foot or bike. There are some nice exhibits and a good selection of animals. I only find that some of the enclosures are a little on the small side.

Visited July 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Zoo with excellent modern exhibits and heritage to contend with”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

A famous and mainstream zoo with an extensive collection of vertebrates (mainly). It is large and there's lots to see. it took me five hours to see everything, without spending that much time anywhere.
There are some excellent modern exhibits. It was exciting to see vultures at close quarters in a large walk through aviary. And there are other very good walk-through aviaries for other birds, including native species. The Asian trek takes you through an Indonesian long house (on a wooded path so close to the main road, although you can scarcely believe this as it draws you into the natural environment), on a tiger trek and to an Asian house with Komodo dragons.

Some of the buildings are much older, and I guess, reserved because of architectural interest. It seems that the zoo is contending with these, and they must compromise the interests of the animals - for instance the lion house, with rare Asiatic lions. But these are to be rehoused soon in an enclosure built around another updated heritage building.
Oceanarium houses penguins, fish, sea lions and birds - including an impressive display on bass Rock, with puffins, and other birds in free flight.

Restaurants OK, if you like chips or sandwiches.

The Euro 21 admission charge is reasonable for the size of the zoo - and, I'm sure does not cover its running costs.

Visited April 2014
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Naha, Japan
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“Very good but expensive”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a great place to visit if you have kids. They will love it. It is so big and there is so much to see that you will end up absolutely exhausted by the end of the afternoon (and one afternoon is not enough to visit it all).

We enjoyed in particular the Amazonian green house with all those huge butterflies flying all around you.

However, we found the 25 € per capita a bit expensive. The Artis Zoo in Amsterdam costs 20.

Visited May 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Too much to see in one day”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

There is just so much to see that you may need a couple of visits to really make the most of it.

The zoo is set out almost like a safari park, animals that would naturally be found together in the wild share enclosures and it is divided into zones according to the different continents.

For me, the Africa zone was the best with lions, giraffes, gazelles and tiny meerkats living in natural surroundings. The oceanarium is also definitely a must-see.

There are plenty of cafes and picnic areas, pushchairs and mobility assistance are provided for those not able to walk easily around the huge park.

Visited April 2014
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“Great mix of old and new zoo.”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Rotterdam Zoo has a lot of different species and tries to show them in a natural environment. The Rotterdam Zoo is located in the center of Rotterdam and grew from a public parc to a full zoo. Being one of the oldest zoo's in the Netherlands the Rotterdam Zoo has a rich history, but the past 10 years also made great efforts in showing how a modern zoo should look like. The zoo has many animal and environmental initiatives. Being one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the Rotterdam Zoo is a must seen attraction. Having seen zoos all over the world, the Rotterdam Zoo can compete with the Smithsonian Zoo and is better than the Brooklyn zoo, and the best zoo to visit in the Netherlands.

Visited June 2013
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