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“A big and good zoo.”

Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
Ranked #68 of 770 things to do in Madrid
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A home to more than 2,000 animals, the zoo is one of the largest in the world.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A big and good zoo.”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

To go to the Madrid Zoo I used bus 33 from Casa de Campo, which left me in front of the entrance. It's one stop away but it seemed like a big distance. Right next to the front door there are automatic machines for people who want to buy tickets using a credit card and the price of the ticket is 22.25€ for adults. I don’t mind paying 22€ as an etrance fee because I think it's worth it. But I didn’t like the fact that to get a plan of the zoo, so that I could locate the animals, I had to pay an extra 0.60€. It is a big zoo with plenty of animals, more or less the same species that you can see in most zoos, and not many visitors. There were rhinoceros, elephants, wallabies and a red kangaroo, a racoon, goats, bears, white Alaska wolves, lions, pink flamingoes, and of course red pandas, giant pandas and koalas among many other species rare or not. The weather was good and all the animals were out. It was clean, quiet, and there were small kiosks around, which were closed. I was afraid that I would have difficulty seeing the giant pandas, because of the crowds that I was expecting to see there, but that wasn’t the case. I stayed there as long as I wanted, took pictures, returned from time to time. In the beginning some of the four pandas were sleeping, but just before closing time (18:00) they were all out playing. What I found interesting is that some species were located in more than one place. I saw red pandas, rhinoceros and bears in two different areas of the zoo.
There were many goats in an area where one could open a wooden door and join them. The kiosk next to their space was supposed to sell special food for visitors who would like to feed them, but it was closed, as every other kiosk there.
What I didn’t like: the brown bears were in their "home" and there were signs "dangerous animal". They looked at people and walked round, left, right and were ready to jump on us; and they would have, if it wasn’t for a small gap to prevent them. They really seemed to suffer. Same thing with the red kangaroo. A giant kangaroo was isolated in a small piece of land. At the time it laid down resting, because there wasn’t enough space for it to move properly, while at the same time there were a few wallabies that lived in a huge space of their own.
It was a lovely day out with the animals. One should have plenty of time to spend there; it's necessary.

Visited October 2012
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice day out”
Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Really good variety of animals and a great day out in Madrid. The food is pretty average so worth taking a packed lunch. You can get quite close to the animals and it was lovely seeing the pandas.

Thank haylii
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Warszawa, Polska
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26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Worth visiting”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Lots of different animals from all over the world. One thing that I did not like were birds (like eagles) on a leash. You can be close to them, but the view was not that pretty, seeing that they have few sq meters only available. Problem with the zoo is that you can have excellent 100 things, but this one may affect your general opinion.

Visited October 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Very good - but very crowded”
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

My family and I had a very good day out at the zoo. Lots of interesting animals to see (Giant Pandas, a White Tiger and Dolphins). Only criticisms were - massive queues (the queuing system outside is chaos) and the slightly small enclosures for some animals. Overall though, it's a great place to spend time in Madrid with kids.

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Castelvetro di Modena, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good option for a saturday morning.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Lots of animals and activities. Located next to downtown (10 minutes from Piaza Espana). Nice forest in the surroundings, well communicated by metro.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Saverio M
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