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“Depressed big cat.”
Review of Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo
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US$38.10*
and up
City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour
Ranked #17 of 317 things to do in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 10 August 2014

In went to this zoo in October 2012.
It is in a really beautiful part of the world and as far as zoo's go across the world, the standards in which the animals are kept are very good.
What made an impression however was one of the large cats did not look at all happy (I think it was a leopard).
It was pacing up and down the enclosure repeatedly, seemingly looking for a way out.
It looked highly unhappy to me and it was sad to witness.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

the trip is nice, but is overpriced 18euros per person
the zoo is on an island, everything there costs double. most of the animals were not visible..

Thank vigri
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Cozy zoo located on an island with great atmosphere and amazing views. Animals are clean and quite happy.

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

A small zoo with few animals. In some of the exhibitions it is difficult to observe the animals. But it is still a decent way to spend a few hours in Helsinki.

Thank Robert R
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Pretty setting, you walk over a bridge or take the ferry, the zoo is on one island right in front of Helsinki city center. Some pretty buildings on the island. Quite a lot of walking, not good for disabled. Many animals are interesting and rare. Some indoors (like the tropical species) but most outdoors (at least in summertime). Takes about 3-4 hrs to walk through and have lunch or coffee outdoors. Very nice place. Entrance fee inexpensive (10€ for adults and 7€ for retired with S bonus card and prior purchase on the internet - costs more at the zoo itself). Many picnic tables around the island, also 2-3 BBQ places and indoor seating for eating your own food.

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