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Escape from the busy streets and tall skyscrapers of the city of Taipei to meet and interact with some of the most fascinating animals from all over the world. The Taipei Zoo was established in 1914 as a conservation park to protect endangered animals and to promote awareness of animal welfare. Walk down the shady avenues past spacious free-range enclosures to understand why the zoo holds a special place in the hearts of locals who think of many of the animals as dear friends.
Begin your visit outside at the Formosan Animal Area, where you can see Asiatic black bears and Chinese pangolins. Experience the humid air and the sights and smells of macaques and big cats in the Asian Tropical Rainforest. See camel and oryx in the Desert Animal Area and watch African animals gather by the waterhole during the heat of the day.
Visit the Panda House to see the irresistible black-and-white giants, known in China as the “ambassadors of peace”. Watch the cuddly koala in the Koala House, and see snakes, lizards and frogs in the Amphibian and Reptile House. The zoo also has an Insectarium, filled with fabulous beetles, bugs and butterflies, and Bird World, which has over 1,200 birds from 130 species.
Take the kids to visit the Children’s Zoo where they can get close to goats, llamas, horses, pigs and rabbits. They’ll also love the education centre where they can learn about natural history, ecology and conservation. Don’t miss the Dinosaur Museum, which has life-size reproductions of some of prehistory’s most fearsome predators.
Taipei Zoo is easily accessible via public bus, MRT train or the Maokong Gondola. Parking is available for a fee. The zoo is open seven days; however, the various animal enclosures are closed for maintenance on successive Mondays. Entry to the zoo is free for children under six years old.
Give yourself lots of time at Taipei Zoo. Here are some of the most popular activities:
Wondering what else there is to do at this fabulous attraction? Our suggestion would be buying a Private Customized Tour with Personal Driver & Guide.
Check out our Taipei things to do page to discover even more activities while you're in the area.
Located in Shenkeng, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Taipei Zoo and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Maokong Gondola. Taipei 101 and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Shenkeng, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipei Zoo, Maokong Gondola, and National Chengchi University. Taipei World Trade Center and Taipei 101 are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Xinyi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taipei 101, Taipei International Convention Center, and Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Eastern Shopping District are also within 10 minutes. Taipei City Hall Station is 12 minutes by foot and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Xinyi, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Taipei World Trade Center, and Taipei International Convention Center. Taipei 101 and Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Linguang Station is only a 5-minute walk and Liuzhangli Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Daan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tong Hua Night Market, Daan Forest Park, and Taipei World Trade Center. National Taiwan University and Taipei 101 are also within 2 mi (3 km). Liuzhangli Station is 7 minutes by foot and Technology Building Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Wenshan, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Taiwan Police College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gongguan Night Market and National Taiwan University. Daan Forest Park and Maokong Gondola are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jingmei Station is 12 minutes by foot and Wanfang Hospital Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Xindian, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maokong, Maokong Gondola, and Taipei Zoo. Gongguan Night Market and National Chengchi University are also within 3 mi (5 km). Dapinglin Station is 14 minutes by foot and Qizhang Station is 19 minutes.
Located in Xinyi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taipei 101 Mall, Taipei 101, and Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and Taipei International Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yongchun Station is 14 minutes by foot and Taipei City Hall Station is 18 minutes.