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“Exceeding expetations”
Review of Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. A 20 minute ferry (summer) or bus ride from the city centre will take you to a zoo where you can travel from cold mountain regions to dry steppes and from northern coniferous forests to the tropical rainforest. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals and history. Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal and 1000 plant species showcasing the diversity of nature. Meet the large Amur tigers, tiny pygmy marmosets, agile snow leopards, impressive wisents and dazzling, free roaming peafowls. Not to mention the indigenous Finnish species: elk, bear, wolverine, forest reindeer and more. The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Despite the long history and historic surroundings, Helsinki Zoo is a modern zoo with a mission to conserve biodiversity. Helsinki zoo breeds endangered species and participates in programs that aim to re-introduce animals to their natural habitats. Helsinki Zoo is renowned for its work in helping endangered big cats. Helsinki Zoo is the most significant annual donor for the conservation of the endangered Amur leopard and tiger.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 19, 2012

As you can see from the title this zoo was exceeding expectations in every possible way. Not only talking about all the animals that you can see from 1 m distance but also the living conditions. I truly felt that if I reach out my hand then I could touch the lions and this feeling unforgettable.
Unfortunately we couldn't see the bears because they were already sleeping (novemeber).
I will definitely return in summer.

Thank Karita O
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was really surprised to see such a large variety of animals and very happy to see the size of the enclosures. If you're a big cat fan, then definitely a trip to the zoo is worth it, there was 3 snow leopards (one had cubs), 2 tigers, 3 leopards, a lioness and a lion, and a few slightly smaller cats. Quite a lot of indigenous animals were there, again with nice and rather large enclosures. The bears were out, sunning themselves despite it coming into winter, the big cats were all up and about. Their reptile section was wonderful to see and a lot of the smaller mammals had summer enclosures and winter enclosures. And as with most zoos peacocks were wandering around with some pheasants. The cafe there was very lovely and all the staff around were friendly and helpful. Definitely worth the visit!

2  Thank Elli C
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Having visited quite a bench of zoos around the world, this one is not bad for one located in the north of the globe and with the offered weather.
The zoo is on a island that you can access by boat during the 'nice' season, and by foot all the year. The parking lot is at 300 meters from the tickets booth/entrance, then you can access the zoo by crossing the bridge. Don't expect to see girafes and elefants ... it's obviously too difficult for them to keep such animals at this latitude of the globe.
Living in Helsinki, for the moment, it's a great place to spent an afternoon with the kids.

The zoo is also organizing some events during the year to motivate people to comeback.
One of my favorite is the Ice sculpture contest, where you can discover impressive talents, but have to fight the low temperatures, as it is usually organized at the peak 'coldest' moment of the year.

Go and visit it ! It's a good attraction in Helsinki.

1  Thank Eric_PAQUAY
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I was surpriced to see so many animals. Specially tigers and leopards were close. We arrived just after opening and these animals were moving then. When we went to see cats again in afternoon they were away in shadows sleeping. We had very nice day there and when kids are loving it so are the parents.

1  Thank Anttiso
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This might not be a normal thing, but when we went there the cat-animals were really active. The lion was pacing around and roaring occasionally, the leopard was pacing around just inside the glass and looking out at us. In general all the animals were really active. I recommend this for families with children of for couples that just want to relax.

1  Thank BobReh
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