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Ranua Zoo

Rovaniementie 29 | Ranua, 97700, Finland
358 16 355 1921
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Ranked #7 of 85 attractions in Lapland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

-Long boardwalk leading through the entire zoo in the forest, wilderness -Especially nice (but extremely cold) on snowy days -Not too long, not too short walk, suitable for children as well -Zoo keeps polar and brown bears, wolves, lynx, arctic foxes, reindeer, moose, otters, owls and many more. -Very nice realistic stuffed animals in the gift shop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We spent 2 hours walking throughout all sections. Zoo was well-kept and it made us felt like walking in snowy forest in harmony with the animals (as though they were not fenced up). Our tour guide warned us of possible disappointment as the animals will mainly be hibernating since it was winter. But we were lucky, we saw all the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We spent a day in Ranua Wildlife park and the whole family loved it. Animals are well taken care of and our guide was excellent at explaining and answering all our questions about the local fauna.

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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The entire zoo takes about 2 hours to walk around. We went during winter and were initially terribly disappointed by non-existent animals, because it's winter, and the animals were in hibernation or disappeared. Or something. We were not warned about this. I thought it's an arctic zoo! The cold animals are supposed to be out! No? All was fixed when... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I like visiting zoos, but unfortunately many of them keep animals in tiny concrete enclosures. One gets to see the animals up close, but they are often be stressed out, nervous wrecks. Ranua is a great example of the opposite: the enclosures are huge and mostly in natural forest. Polar bears are surrounded by tall concrete walls, but the space... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It was the first Zoo where our child didn't start ask to finish our visit before we had seen all animals. Probably, the reason is the Zoo located in a forest, doesn't have a strict ways and daughter took this like a walk/play and meeting with animals at the same time. Animals have a lot of space and don't look... More

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Beersheba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

we took the public bus from rovaniemi to ranua zoo. it is very easy to find and bus stops right infront of the zoo.we came around 1 pm and it was almost empty, i guess most people come in the morning. if you come with the bus, check when is the returning bus back to rovaniemi because we almost missed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Booked Ranua zoo tour with Santa Claus holiday village where we are currently staying in. We take about an hour plus ride to get to Ranua zoo which is quite a unique zoo as it preserves the forest nature for the animals and the animals live in good environment close to nature and not in pure cages like other zoos.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We enjoyed this much more than we were expecting - it was a really special day out. It's a beautiful place covered in the snow and it was great that there were so few visitors. The arctic animals in particular were wonderous in their snowy environment with the polar bear feeding being a particular highlight. The cafe served very good... More

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Sydney, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I enjoyed it but it was way too cold to be walking outside in -30 C. In addition, some of the exhibits go into hibernation or are moved indoors because its so cold. Try autumn or summer. However, walking around on a clear day when it is freezing does give you some fabulous photos

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