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“Not bad but nothing special eather”
Review of Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo
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Helsinki 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Canal Cruise
Ranked #18 of 293 things to do in Helsinki
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from the city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal and 1000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls. Not to mention the indigenous Finnish species: elk, bear, wolverine, forest reindeer and more. The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Helsinki Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Helsinki zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to re-introduce animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is renowned for its work in helping endangered big cats. Helsinki Zoo is the most significant annual donor for the conservation of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Getting to Korkeasaari is very easy, by bus number 16 from Rautatietori (right next to railwaystation) or during the summer by boat from Market Square. The bus is quite cheap about 5€ one adult and 2 children. The entrance fee to the zoo is not bad in my mind, 10 euros an adult and 5 euros per child and on Mondays you can get in half price is you have finnish s-bonus card.

The Zoo is clean and the cages of the animals are sizable enough so that you don't start to feel bad for the animals. It is a lot better than some other east-european zoo's I've visited in. We had looked for the feeding schedule from the net and new the time when animals were fed but finding the animals was quite difficult.

Because the summer is gone and it's autumn time there were not too much people in the zoo which was really nice. There was a place were you could buy lunch from swedish buffet and also some a la carte portions.

We had a lovely day (3 hours) in the Zoo, it was nice but nothing special. Been there done that -kind of a feeling.

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

...at least the animal enclosures were more humane than some of the older cages now used for display only. As with all zoos you are very dependent on the co-operation of the wildlife for your entertainment, and mid-afternoon in early September obviously isn't a good time for most! The weather was fine, though windy, and I chose the boat from the Market harbour for my return trip which included admission and was reasonable, i thought, at 18 Euros.
The setting is quite beautiful and almost worth the visit in its own right but as with others I found the zoo itself a bit of a disappointment compared to experiences elsewhere. They are doing some upgrading, though, so perhaps next year will see some improvement.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

The zoo is located on an island in the capital city, and is well connected by a land bridge and by waterbus. The widely publicized Barbary apes did not disappoint! This was a long-awaited move from the zoo. Thumbs up for Korkeasaari!

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Reviewed 2 September 2013

I have visited zoos in Austria, Italy, Estonia & Finland and in my point of view, the one in Finland comes in the last place.
The place where the zoo is is very beautiful (an island) and the short walk to the zoo gives you a very positive impression specially in a sunny summer day.
However, the zoo itself isn't the best. It is clean and spacious but many cages were empty!
No special animals in the zoo.

The admission fees are rather high (12 euros if you go by land and 18 euros if you go by ferry).

One of the good things there is the info mentioned about the animals though it was not available in English for all animals.

I advise to go there if you're staying in Helsinki for a long time.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

In recent years I have regularly visited Helsinki Zoo with my child and godchildren. It is always nice to go there, even if the zoo is not quite up to the standards of many other european zoos. The zoo is on an island, and getting there by boat is an experience in itself; however, if you think it too pricey (18euros for adult by boat including entrance; for children, 9euros), you can also take the bus and walk across a bridge from Mustikkamaa.
The zoo does not have very big animals such as elephants, but it does have several species of big cats, including lions, tigers, snow leopards and others who can tolerate a cold climate; however, they also have couple of camels, as well as a (new) bunch of apes that are quite entertaining. There are also bears, elks, bisons, cangaroos and lots of different birds. Be prepared for not being able to see many animals - they have rather big areas where they can hide themselves. The best time to come is around noon and afternoon when a lot of the bigger animals are fed.
There are special houses "Africasia" and "Amazonia" portraying smaller animals from these parts of the world such as snakes, frogs, mangusts and smaller monkeys and parrots etc. These houses are not very big but their lay-out is quite nice and you can get a pretty good look on most of the animals there.
The island has a restaurant and cafeteria with a relatively good choice of different pastries and other goods, but there are also a couple of picnic areas and you can bring your own food and enjoy it there. Just beware of seagulls! There's also a very active peacock wandering about the island who does not avoid getting into close contact with people.
The island is a bit hilly and if you walk all around it with kids, you will probably need several breaks to rest. My kid practically ran all through the island so I was quite tired afterwards! There are also play areas. Rest rooms can also be found in several areas.
On a nice day, visit to the zoo is a good idea, but it's always a bit windy on the island so take something warm with you just in case. If it's raining it can be a bit miserable.
The zoo maybe a bit old-fashioned and it cannot boast with size and a huge selection of exotic species of animals but I still find it appealing, and it makes a nice outing for the whole family. The exhibits are good and they provide some information on the animals and their origin and habits. My kid wanted to visit the zoo twice within one week, so it cannot be that bad!

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