This visit in July 2012 was my 4th visit to Ranua Zoo all in all. I think that this zoo is more like a walk in the woods along a very well marked route (about 2,5 km) where you can spot arctic animals - mainly those living in Finland - in their natural surroundings. Or as natural it can be when we are talking about zoo. Or maybe more like a wildlife park.
They have brown bears, wolves, red foxes, arctic foxes, lynx, different kinds of owls and eagles, moose, reindeer and many other animals ( 50 different spices ) They also have polar bears which we think do not belong there because those can not be found from Finnish woods naturally. Even the polar bear cub was cute...
There is easy to walk around (also with wheelchair or baby carriage) at least in summer time. All the explanations about the animals were in four languages Finnish, Swedish, English and German, so it is easy to tell kids shortly about the animals. You can buy ice cream or snacks along the way (don't know if it is possible in winter time) or if you want - you can bring your own food and have e.g. barbecue picnic there. Some mosquitos - but not too much. We did not mind about the feeding times (bears around noon, lynx and wolves around 2 pm) - and we still had great time and we saw almost all the animals. Spent there about 3 hours.
This time I visited the zoo with my 11 and 14 years old kids, their 16 year old cousin and my husband and they all liked it. Earlier I have visited the park with younger kids (3, 6, 9, 10, 11 years) and they have liked it too.
There seemed to be also caravan area and some other activities for the kids like playing ground, carting cars etc nearby the zoo. Also domestic animal park, a restaurant and souvenir shop. Nearby also dairy shop where you can buy Finnish cheeses. Family ticket was 40 euros. Visting Ranua Zoo during winter time could be nice too. I recommend.
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