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“Mostly Good”

Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
Ranked #68 of 757 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Mostly Good”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

The animals in the zoo were generally well looked after with clean, adequate housing and objects to stimulate. However, there was a lack of supervision from staff... teenagers were chasing young goats in the petting area and at one point children were throwing stones into an enclosure. Signs for silence were universally ignored and people were throwing food and other objects into the monkeys. The gorilla enclosure was new and fairly impressive and there was a range of animals and birds. A baby dolphin was screened from the public but the dolphin pool was far too small as was the penguin pool. We have visited Loro Park in Tenerife where standards were much, much higher with much more emphasis put on animal welfare. Also some attractions (one being the walk through Lemur enclosure) were shut. All in all it was like turning the clock back 40 years or so in a UK zoo.

Visited May 2014
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“Nice place”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

I really liked the zoo. It is big enough and is worth going to spend a day. It is located a little bit far from the centre, but you can go there by subway

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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“Good selection of animals in an attractive surrounding”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Having been to some of the best zoos in Europe we are always a bit nervous of how the next one will fare! But we were not at all disappointed with Madrid's zoo.

Given the pollution in Madrid is not great the zoo is on the outer part of the city centre next to a large park and the zoo itself is full of greenery which is both a welcome change for the people and much more pleasant for the animals. It is definitely worth booking in advance online as you can get a better price. It is easy to get to on the metro and the signs are easy to follow to the zoo from the station.

The zoo is quite big and although we often spend between 3 and 4 hours in a zoo we spent longer here. The animals seem happy, healthy and are easy to see from outside the enclosures.

Madrid has got it right with the pandas who have great enclosures and there is plenty of room for people to view them from. MUCH better than the ones in Edinburgh where you only had 10 minutes to view them and the pandas are much more active (although the baby did stay asleep in a tree for our entire visit).

The food and drink is extremely expensive so it might be worth taking things with you if you can.

There are plenty of toilets which are well spaced throughout the zoo.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Nick C
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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“Good walk in the nature, but better bring food and water with you”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

The zoo is outside of the city center, close to Casa de campo subway station. We really enjoyed the visit, because it was a nice and relaxing break from running between crowded museums and attractions.

I would suggest getting there earlier in the morning. They have shows with sea lions, dolphins, big birds and parrots. Each show is about 15-20 minutes long. In weekdays the shows start at 11 am and you can view all of them one after another. In weekends I think the starting time was 11.30 am. We enjoyed all the shows.

Be prepared with sun screen and hats as it gets really hot in Madrid. Water is really overpriced in the zoo, but you can bring your own bottle and fill it in the few fountains throughout the zoo. Food was not good either - very low quality and overpriced. At the time of our visit only one restaurant was working, so we had no other choice. We noticed that locals were bringing sandwiches and making picknicks on the green areas.

After lunch we continued with the visit, but it was getting warmer and most of the animals were making siesta, so we left soon. With the shows and lunch we spent about 3.5 hours and saw about 80% of all animals :) Overall I think it's good value for money if you like zoos.

Visited May 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Ok for an afternoon with the kids, to compensate for all the culture but not a must !”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Well, it was allright, but no more than that. Some criticism as well. The zoo has some nice expos like the one with the reptiles, but some animals have very little space (leopards) and it seems they cconsider entertainment more important than education. New childrens playground under construction might better be used to get some more space for the enimals. Furthermore chaining birds of prey between the so-called shows should be forbidden. Never saw a sorrier lot of birds than these. It is a shame !

Visited April 2014
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