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Warsaw ZOO

The Warsaw Zoological Garden was founded in 1928; over 12 000 animals belonging to 500 different species call its 40 hectares home.

ul. Ratuszowa 1/3 (map)
tel. +48 22 619 40 41
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Established in 1928 in the northern part of the Praski park, the zoo originally had 500 animals only. Completely destroyed during World War Two, it reopened in 1948. Today, it is home to over 12,000 animals representing more than 500 species. 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.
Special facilities include the gorilla and chimpanzee residence, the aviary with its free-flight hall resembling an Asian jungle, the hippopotamus house with hippos frolicking underwater on view, and the state-of-the-art aquarium inhabited by sharks and stingrays.
There are several restaurants in the zoo, as well as various souvenir shops. 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.
The part of the zoological garden grounds is the modernistic villa where director Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonina sheltered people seeking refuge – mainly Jews escaped from the ghetto – during Nazi occupation. The atmosphere and climate of the 1930s have been restored to the villa’s interior and Diane Ackerman used the amazing story penned by Antonina Żabińska wife to write The Zookeeper’s Wife. This is also the title of a Hollywood production based on Ackerman’s book, starring Jessica Chastain. More information

Opening hours:
since 9 am till dusk
Closing hour depends on the seasons of the year, you can find this information at the Zoo's website.


June - August
regular - 26 PLN, reduced - 16 PLN, family (2 adults and  1 kid) - 52 PLN

September – October 
regular - 25 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN, family (2 adults and  1 kid) - 50 PLN

November – February
regular - 15 PLN, reduced – 10 PLN, family 
(2 adults and  1 kid)  – 30 PLN

March - May
regular - 25 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN, family (2 adults and  1 kid) - 50 PLN

Kids under 3 years, the elderly over 70 years and disabled - free admission

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