Welcome to the Joburg Zoo! We are situated in the northern suburb of Jozi and our zoo covers more than 55 hectares of land. We were founded in 1904 when the land was donated by the firm of Herman Ekstein. We are open throughout the week and on weekends from 08H30 to 17H30, as well as on public holidays, Christmas and New Years.

We are managed within the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo entity and are part of the Community Development structure of the City of Johannesburg. We are home to over 320 species of animals and our Zoo is internationally accredited for its practices of maintaining a high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethics, ensuring the physical wellness of all animals. We are committed to conservation and looking after the world’s most endangered animals.

We are a popular attraction for kids and adults alike and offer a variety of day and night tours as well as specialised school programs and even venue hire for your special private events.

Zoo Animals

We are home to over 320 species of animals. Your kids will love coming to see our top 5 species at the Joburg Zoo including:

Endangered Animals

  • Scimitar Oryx
  • Wattled Crane
  • Black and white Ruffed Lemur
  • Gorilla
  • White Rhino

Nocturnal Species

  • Caracal
  • Porcupine
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl
  • Honey Badger
  • Striped Hyena

Fierce Creatures

  • Siberian Tiger
  • African Hippo
  • Brown Bear
  • Puff Adder
  • Nile Crocodile

Record Holders

  • Largest Ears - Elephant
  • Tallest Mammal - giraffe
  • Fastest Land Mammal – Cheetah
  • Smallest Canid - Fennec Fox
  • Largest Predatory Bird - Andean Condor

We have a Café Fino restaurant situated within the Joburg Zoo which provides scrumptious meals to those hungry patrons. The Café provides a variety of delicious meals including sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Should you wish to bring the family along for a picnic we provide a range of picnic spots throughout the area. Please note that no braaing on site is permitted. Please also respect the Zoo and clean up all litter accumulated.

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