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“Helsinki ZOO”
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Korkeasaari Zoo is ok. place to go and spend a few hours there.
Eat first in the city because the food is not so good there.
Prices are also higher. If the weather is nice then it is worthy.
Zoo is not too big so you do not have to watch monkeys too long.

Thank Eero N
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We arrived by car from Turku and after a while we found a free parking lot about 700m from the actual car park. The official car park was already full. After this we walked for a while before getting to a quite long queue to the ticket office. I would recommend the visitors arriving by car to eat before arriving at the zoo as it, because of difficulties finding a parking lot, walking distances and queuing can take quite a while before you get to the restaurants inside the zoo. In addition to that the restaurants inside the zoo are very expensive and crowded.

Our children aged 5 & 2 enjoyed looking at the animals even though many animals was sleeping or not visible. The zoo was very crowded with tourists and especially in the buildings it was almost impossible to walk with the children. Entering the buildings with children trolleys was not worth the effort.

I guess this attraction would be a much nicer experience during off-season. In july i would say it is worth the price (24 euros for all of us), but not the effort of travelling from Turku with young children.

Thank Caniggia77
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Spacious area, lots of animals and its very clean and safe. Outstanding natural scenes, it worth every euro I spent in the tickets :)

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The zoo is located on an island a few kilometres from the city centre. Travel by zoo bus is easy and cheap, easily identified by the enormous animal pictures on the sides. Don't panic when the road signs point in a different direction the bus loops before driving down the forest track to the zoo entrance,
There are great views of the city from the bridge which leads from the shop/cafeteria/pay booth over to the island.
The zoo is well laid out and the animals appear well cared for. We chose to go on a hot day (very) and, in true feline tradition, a few of the cats were invisible, others were lumps of fur in hard to view places whilst others were active. Those who visit zoos regularly get used to timing visits to "unhelpful" species. Other species are almost hyperactive.
Two features which impressed me for historic reasons were the retention of the old polar bear pit (close to the ferry terminal) and the bear cage (on the hill near the zoo offices), now both unused for anything other than education.
Viewing windows were, in the main, smeary and difficult to photography through (or see).
I would like to go back at some point (on a sunny but cooler day !!)

Thank Randoman1
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The only zoo in the Helsinki metropolitan area. A fine location. Lots to see there, if you are lucky and all the animals arent sleeping! Journey to the site may be a small effort but it is part of the adventure! :)

Thank anssitanssi
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