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“A good distraction” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riyadh Zoo

Riyadh Zoo
Ranked #16 of 63 things to do in Riyadh
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Owner description: Saudi Arabia’s largest zoo, housing some 40 species of animals, permits either a mother or a father to accompany children but does not allow the whole family to vist together.
Riyadh
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A good distraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Conveniently located in the city, and a good place to spend a few hours if you need to distract the kids - a nice change from inside the malls.

In general, the animals all seem clean and well cared for - with most having pretty sizable enclosures to wander about in. The zoo grounds are pretty clean, and reasonably well maintained.

Bring a blanket and sandwiches as there are plenty of grassy areas to picnic!

Unfortunately, some locals don't really know how to appreciate and respect nature - Watching as they threw soft-drink cans into the chimpanzees, or toss their water bottles into enclosures to get a reaction out of the various animals left me questioning which side of the fence I ought to be on. It would have been nice if the zoo staff stepped in on such occasions, but sadly, no! Fortunately, you're not witnessing such stupid antics at every enclosure, so the visit won't be completely ruined.

Other than the silly antics above, a great day with the kids!

Don't go after it rains!!! Phewwww, stiiiinky!!!!

Visited October 2013
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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130 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Great for the kids 14 and younger”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

This zoo is kept up pretty good although it is very very old and little has been done. I think families with kids would love while the parents look at each other with that eye " these animals look tortured" and odly enough many are rescued animals which were once pets. In fact it is a great day out with the family and nice to see the animals .

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riyadh
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74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“excellent place for nature lovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

its very nice place for animal and nature lovers.
had been there several times. almost all animals are there. big lions, tigers, rihnos, girraffes, wild brown bera, all kinds of snakes, birds etc.
there are sea lions also (seal) in a big pool which is something special which you will not see in most of the zoos.
carry some food as food inside zoo is bit costly. there several grassy parks where you can sit and enjoy and eat some food.
good place to hangout with your family on weekend. bathrooms and mosue well maintained.
visitors please take a note that there are some days specially reserved for family . bachelors not allowed. please esquire before you go.

Visited September 2013
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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294 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“An average zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

The location of the zoo is in city center and the area of the zoo has been cut in half with crowded with animals

Visited August 2013
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Riyadh
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

You will love it. Went with my wife, and it was a great day. Not the best in the world, but very good, even on a hot day.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Steven M
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