Taiyuan Zoo

Taiyuan Zoo: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Taiyuan Zoo Reviews: 4/5

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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32 reviews
Very good

Taiyuan, China10 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
I went to the zoo in winter and saw lots of parents taking their kids after spring festvial. It is hard to forget those bears.
Written January 13, 2016
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Lauren G
Taiyuan, China31 contributions
A disappointing experience, to say the least
Jan 2014 • Friends
I'll start with the redeeming quality. There is one. The size and set up of the zoo is really great for an all day walk. The attractions are really spread out, which I appreciate, because I like to walk.

Time for a downfalls. There are many, in my opinion. These animals are not taken care of. Most of them have missing limbs or tumors growing on some part of their body. Some animals have bloody sores, which have obviously been neglected. Most of the animals look tired and run down, and some look really antsy like they need more space to move around, but don't have it.

Many of the enclosures are too small and extremely dirty, with old food and poop piles rotting all over the floor. The big birds do not have room to fly, so they hop around, defeated on the ground or on one of the few perches they are allowed. One of the times I visited, there was a baby giraffe that was unable to stand up, locked in a cage by itself, instead of being with its mother. Another giraffe was pacing around its enclosure, seemingly anxious and upset.

The worst part was the minimal staff on both occasions we visited. There was not one worker visibly caring for these animals. Also, people were allowed to taunt the monkeys and throw their garbage and wrapped up candies into their enclosure. There was no one around to stop this harassment.

In an attempt to see the tigers, we accidentally bought tickets to a circus act, which consisted of trainers brutally forcing the animals to do awkward (unnatural) tricks with whips and sticks and overall aggression. I'm not an animal expert, nor have I been to a circus since I was a kid, but this didn't seem right to me or the friend I was with. We left the zoo after this, extremely disgusted, and disappointed with the whole experience.
Written May 22, 2014
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Taiyuan, China4 contributions
Difficult to Enjoy
Feb 2014 • Friends
The Zoo is big. However, it seems certain animals and areas are not well looked after. Accidentally, my friend and I bought a ticket for the circus show- we didn't really know what we were in for. The animals are controlled by what seems fear and do stunts that seem cruel. The trainers treated them awfully. We left this show upset.

A lot of the animals are in areas dirty and too small for them. I've seen people throw sweets/candies - with the wrappers on- plastic bottles and trash - into the cages. Some animals look so frail and worn. I don't find this to be a happy place to visit.
Written May 18, 2014
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Tamara B
Hong Kong1 contribution
Animal suffering as entertainment? Not for me.
Jan 2013 • Family
If you care about animals, do not visit the Tiayuan Zoo.

The conditions are absolutely dire, with animals in barren concrete cages, clearly suffering from illness, wounds and distress. Recently the zoo paid for a baby elephant to be captured from it's herd in Zimbabwe, shipped to China and isolated in another barren, concrete cage. The poor animal is covered with sores from rubbing against the bars, behaviour that clearly shows its devastation at being ripped from its mother at such a young age. These are intelligent, social creatures that form close bonds with their family members and suffer both physically and physiologically from isolation.

Zoos simply cannot meet the behavioural and physiological needs of wild caught African elephant calves, which travel thousands of miles in the wild with stimulation from the environment and family groups.

Those who visit Taiyuan Zoo are supporting this trade in wild-caught elephants, a practice which is morally repugnant and should stop immediately.

The only people who can help these pitiful animals are the public. Shop with your feet and refuse to entertain your children with the suffering of other creatures. We have a moral obligation to call for a halt to the horrific treatment of these animals.

Do not visit the Taiyuan Zoo.
Written February 8, 2013
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