Kunming Zoo

Kunming Zoo: Hours, Address, Kunming Zoo Reviews: 3/5

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Clarissa C
Jakarta, Indonesia83 contributions
Friends
Let me get straight to the point. It was awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, and awful.
I went there because I really love going to the zoos. But for this, just stay away.
There's no panda bears. The animals were all dying. They stayed in a cage. The zoo didn't even try to make the exhibit homey for the animals. Sometimes there was only one lonely, slowly dying animal in an exhibit.
People were shouting and feeding animals with freaking human food.
JUST DON'T.
The only reason I gave them 2 stars was because we could have 50% discount with student cards. It was only RMB 7.5.
Written September 2, 2014
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iskonggala
Iloilo City, Philippines6 contributions
Kunming Zoo is in the City Center, so it's very accessible compared to the Yunnan Wildlife Center. I was searching for panda bears because I've read in several reviews that they take care of panda bear(s) in the zoo, but I wasn't able to find them during my visit. I tried asking some zoo staff, even showing them pictures, but because of language barrier, it was difficult for me to understand whether there really is (or none) panda bear in the zoo.
Written August 27, 2018
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Inga12345
Kunming1 contribution
Family
People on here are insulting this zoo (as they always do with every zoo) and saying they are torturing animals. While there were a couple exhibits that I felt unhappy to see, overall I can see they are using whatever funding they have to expand exhibits as best they can one by one. It seems that the people running the zoo are fairly in touch with understanding the needs of animals, as the two bird exhibits, giraffes, monkeys and raccoons were larger, cleaner, and better planned than any exhibit ive been to in the USA, and being a student of the School of Environmental Studies, ive done my share of zoological studies. Although the big cat and wolf exhibits were too small, they still exhibit natural plants, sand and all had sufficient food and water. The zoo is working on a massive exhibit renovation for the elephants which obviously cost them a lot and is more natural, even though the elephant exhibit was already fairly large and naturally furnished. I think the people in charge of this zoo are really putting forth an effort to make it as humane as possible and that it is in a state of change. I am impressed with what i saw because i expected horrific conditions, and i was very wrong. The only thing i thought really needed improving was the cages for the baboons and the porcupine. They were small, cement containers and the baboons had eye infections. I do believe however that the zoo will change this as soon as it can afford to since it is putting a lot of time and effort into the other exhibits and trying to provide a somewhat natural environment. The como zoo in minnesota, USA is exactly like this one, in fact some exhibits were more natural, well planned, and bigger than exhibits for the same animal in the USA. Stop hating people, I think its definitely worth a visit and theyve done a decent job.
Written February 24, 2014
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Sasa P
Belgrade, Serbia43 contributions
Very cool Zoo. It's safari type so use of mini bus is best way and its not expensive. With this service you can see everything. I never saw so many tigers in one place its amazing. Specially white ones!
Written April 6, 2020
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sunbear8
Adelaide, Australia4 contributions
This is a pretty standard Chinese Zoo, the animals are kept in cages small cages on concrete floors with nothing to entertain them. As I was guided around proudly by a friend, I was half way between crying for the poor brown bear in its tiny concrete enclosure which was pacing boredly up and down and hitting someone over the head who had allowed it to happen. I do like zoos and am a member of my local zoological society and have great belief in the ability of the zoos of the world to do good towards conservation (which this zoo is clearly not participating in). However, captive animals have a right to live in an environment that caters for their physical and mental needs. If you like animals then this is definately a place to avoid. I
Written October 9, 2010
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N F
Disneyland Paris64 contributions
Solo
I had heard bad things about animal treatment in this Zoo before going, I still wanted to have a look at it by myself. I really regret it.

Animals are kept in terrible conditions, cages are really tiny except one of the birds one, and one for monkeys (with more rats than monkeys inside). Ground is not fitted for many animals.

Even if the price was low, I really regret giving them anything.
Written July 19, 2014
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Justyn P
Brisbane, Australia15 contributions
Solo
I'm not a person for zoos in the 1st place but I had to see how these animals are being treated. It's a sad place if you have morals for animals the only thing that seems to be happy in the zoo is the ducks. The other animals seem to have gone cage mad. There are a lot better zoos to go to. Then this sorry excuse of a zoo....
Written July 1, 2015
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noentrytoday
Tainan, Taiwan73 contributions
Solo
The zoo is terrible due to the at most unnatural animal conditions, on the one hand, and the inappropriate behavior of its local visitors...

This is what I observed during my visit:
- Cages old, rusty and dirty
- Cages lack plants or any kind of vegetation
- Animals look sad, bored, and unhealthy
- Horses have bloody spots on legs and seem to be mentally broken and distorted as they have to perform as circus animals
- Horses are even chained in their tiny enclosures (cages just as big as they are themselves)
- Open air monkey cage was full of garbage accessible to the animals
- Whole zoo area is equipped with speakers yelling advertisement for animal shows – the noise is highly disturbing and stressful for the animals (and even myself as a visitor!!)
- Uneducated local visitors knock on cages in order to wake up resting animals or they throw food into their enclosures (although it says not to do so on posters)
- The zoo includes a circus! A zoo isn’t a playground and animals are no actors!! They suffer as circus animals, its clearly visible in the horse training area – these animals are SAD, stressed and broken

Kunming zoo is a pure failure of the zoo idea. It was created with the maximum level of disrespect for animals. Local visitors do not understand that the animals live under horrible and at most unnatural conditions. They perceive the animals as toys and think its funny what they see. Places like this should not exist anymore in a modern 21st century.

This is the action I took:
I spoke up at the Kunming zoo management office and left my feedback regarding the poor conditions of animals and their enclosures. The zoo manager was very nice and understood my concern. He even agreed with my opinion. He admitted that the animals live under deprived conditions and regretted that the government is not willing to spend more money on the zoo in order to improve animals conditions. I told him that I will tell my friends and family on social networks about my unpleasant Kunming zoo experience. I can only recommend to visitors to speak up for the animals!!! The more people do so, the higher is the chance that this will result in a positive effect…one day..
Written January 29, 2018
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Akhida S
Sri Lanka31 contributions
Couples
First time that I visited a zoo in China and felt so so soon sorry for the animals. Big animals in such small spaces. It was so sad. Massive crowd the day we went though I expect it is the same everyday. Dirty! Good variety of species but not at all well looked after. I really hope the government does something for the benefit of the animals. Enjoyed the peacock garden as I had never seen that many peacocks in one place.
Written April 20, 2016
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Stephen O
Derby, UK3 contributions
Family
Some of the big cats and bears are kept in small cages and are in a very bad state Pacing up and down Their tiny cage and the bear was just sitting rocking back and forward. My 2 daughters were very sad to see animals kept like this.
Written August 18, 2016
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