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Barcelona Zoo

More than 2,000 animals from 300 different species and more than 1,300 trees, bushes and flowers from some 320 botanic species

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Barcelona Zoo has ten different spaces where you can find all types of animals. It was inaugurated in 1892 at Ciutadella Park on a plot that formed part of the facilities built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. Barcelona Zoo’s fundamental aims are conservation, research and education.

Why visit Barcelona Zoo?

Barcelona Zoo was based on the private menagerie owned by the banker Lluís Martí i Codolar, who in 1892 transferred ownership of his animals to Barcelona City Council. Over its history its main attractions have included an elephant called Avi, who died in 1914, a killer whale called Ulisses, who was kept at the zoo from 1983 to 1994, and the emblematic Floquet de Neu, known internationally as Snowflake, who lived at Barcelona Zoo from 1966 to his death in 2003 and was the first albino gorilla known to man.

Currently, Barcelona Zoo has ten spaces that reproduce the ideal environment for the various species to which they are home:

  • Land of Dragons: with species from Asia and the Pacific, including Komodo dragons and Muntjac deer.
  • Terrarium: it houses one of the best collections of amphibians and reptiles in Europe.
  • Aviarium: it is home to more than 70 species of birds from different continents. The aviary enjoys a high rate of reproductive success, even with species that are in danger of extinction, allowing Barcelona Zoo to send nestlings to populate other zoos.
  • Farm: a space for children where you can find goats, cows, ponies, lambs, pigs, horses, asses and even a Catalan donkey.
  • Gorillas area: a space with interactive elements to discover how the primates closest to humans in terms of intelligence and feelings live.
  • Primates gallery and marmosets gallery: you will see De Brazza’s monkeys, greater spot-nosed monkeys, Barbary macaques and talapoins, among others, in addition to South American tamarins.
  • Palmeral: a set of thirteen aviaries in a palm tree garden that are home to a large number of species of parrots and cockatoos.
  • Aquarama: the home of Barcelona Zoo’s sea lions.
  • Flight dome: a large dome where you can observe various species of birds that live in marshlands.
  • Garden of biodiversity: a space designed to encourage the growth of fauna indigenous to the city of Barcelona.

In addition to these spaces, Barcelona Zoo is also home to large mammals such as hippopotamuses, gazelles, giraffes, leopards, lions, elephants, meerkats, and rhinoceroses.


How do you get to Barcelona Zoo?

The Zoo stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic is very close to the zoo’s entrance. If you want to visit the zoo on the Green Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic, hop off at the Port Olímpic stop and cross Ronda del Litoral to Ciutadella Park.


For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? Barcelona Zoo participates in 97 ex-situ endangered species conservation programmes and is one of the sites of the Jane Goodall Institute.
  • Local’s tip: Before going to the zoo, consult the times of the activities scheduled for that day so you don’t miss anything!
  • A must: To see and learn about exotic species, some of which are in danger of extinction.