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Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari Elaintarha)

Address: Korkeasaari Island, Helsinki, Finland
Phone Number: 09/169-5969
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Being a zookeeper myself, I can be a bit picky when it comes to what I like or dislike about zoos. I often look at them from a functional/welfare point of view so I may give opinions from a different point of view to the paying public. I love the fact that the zoo is situated on its own island.... More 

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Khartoum, Sudan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It hasn't a lot of animals, but it's situation on an island in the gulf and the fact that there are odd European and Asiatic animals is a plus. See wisents, reindeer, mongolian horses, wolverines and active big cats (including snow leopards). If you're the kind of person who moans over zoos while munching on a hamburger, why are you... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Liked the place, as it was clean and we actually saw some tigers and lions quite close, we took the walk from Kulosaari.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I visited this Zoo two times. You can take a bus from the main railway station (you can also go there by ferry in summer season) and the bus stops just before the bridge to this amazing island. From there, across the bridge, you can only go by foot. Besides all those interesting animals you can also enjoy the island... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

So you catch a bus from the rail way station (rautatieasema - try pronounce that) and it takes you to the zoo. It was roughly a 15 minute bus trip to get there. When I arrived there I liked to think that it was Jurassic Park as the zoo is on it's own island. I went during the winter time... More 

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Rauma, Western Finland, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Animals mostly not to been seen so of course this was not as nice visit as summertime would be. But still nice island to walk around. Easily spent 2 -3hours...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I've visited alot of zoos but this One makes you feel nice. I get the feeling that the animals are happy and well kept. and its nice that you get to see the feedings too. It in an island and it has nice nature and views to ocean. Peacocks and other birds walk around the island free. They have great... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Located on an island, but very close to the city center, this zoo is a very nice place even before you meet the animals. Habitats are large, green and clean, animals look natural and cared for. Cat valley is amazing, especially amur tiger and lion children. Red panda is adorable and children love it. Even big birds like griphons have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I was somewhat shocked to find out that you have to take a ferry to get to the zoo! The island is a great place for the zoo, it is a nice size, and well kept. I was pleased that it seemed like the animals had decent places to live, in many zoos that is not the case. Right in... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was our second trip to the zoo. We got the ferry from the market square and enjoyed a pleasant crossing in the sunshine. There have been a lot of improvements since our last visit 4 years ago. However, many of the enclosures were either empty or in the process of being repaired. I would estimate that something like 30%... More 

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