The Warsaw Zoological Garden was founded in 1928; about 5,000 animals belonging to 500 different species call its 40 hectares home. There are animals native to Poland but there are also a number of exotic species.ul. Ratuszowa 1/3 (map)
The Warsaw Zoological Garden was founded in 1928; about 5,000 animals belonging to 500 different species call its 40 hectares home. There are animals native to Poland, such as otters, brown bears and storks, but there are also a number of exotic species, such as African elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Indian rhinoceros, gibbons, various species of birds, reptiles and tropical fish. Most animals can be viewed from runways, but they are kept inside the buildings in winter. Birds can be found wandering freely around the zoo, living around its ponds and aviaries. The majority of them stay in the main aviary, a part of which is the only 'Hall of Free Flight' (Hala Wolnych Lotów) in all of Poland.
The newest building is a modern pavilion for apes (which has been open since September of 2008), which houses a group of chimpanzees and two young male gorillas. It can be observed from large indoor runways surrounded by water, or from large standing areas outside, separated by glass. All new pavilions are designed to accommodate physically challenged guests, with ramps and lifts.
There are several restaurants in the zoo, as well as various souvenir shops. One shop is run by the Panda Foundation, and is located in the oldest house in the Zoo, the ‘Chata pod Strzechą’, which was built in 1928.
At the centre of the Zoo is the special 'Fairytale Zoo' (Baśniowe Zoo), where children can stroke the animals and feed them carrots and apples; there is also a large, modern, safe playground.
There is a special bus line 444 from Central Railway Station to the Zoo (the bus runs since 1st May till the end of September during weekends).
since 9 am till dusk
Closing hour depends on the seasons of the year, you can find this information at the Zoo's website.
March – October regular - 20 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN, family (2 adults and 2 kids) - 60 PLN
November – February regular - 10 PLN, reduced – 7 PLN, family (2 adults and 2 kids) – 28 PLN