Located in Wenshan District, Taipei Zoo is the largest zoo in South East Asia. It is also of the largest municipal zoos in the world. In short, it is a great attraction for you to visit during your holiday in Taipei. Established in 1914, Taipei Zoo have been widely known for its first giant panda cub that was born in Taiwan named Yuan Zai. Giant pandas are not the only iconic animals you'll see here. There are over 400 animal species from the mainland China or even around the world to see.
The Captivating Wildlife Beauty in Taipei Zoo
Formosan Animal Area
Formosan Animal Area is one of Taipei Zoo's most popular exhibit. It not only depicting the beauty of Taiwan's natural landscape, visitors can spot numerous indigineous animals of Taiwan, most of them are hard to be found in the wild. Some of the most renowned ones are Asiatic Black Bear, otters, Chinese Pangolin, wild boars, and clouded leopards.s
Children Zoo is obviously a place you should take your kids to. The exhibits are inhabited by domestic animals you see in everyday life, such as rabbits, ponies, llamas, guinea pigs, ducks, and even water buffaloes. The animals are quite accustomed to humans, your children can directly interact with them. It is a great way to introduce animals to your children and teach them compassion.
Asian Tropical Rainforest Area
It's a mission of Taipei Zoo to reinforce awareness about rainforests' conservation, and Asian Tropical Rainforest Area is a great way to learn more about it. The exhibit house rainforest wildlife inhabit rainforests around the world, including animals from Borneo. Here you can see the majestic leopards and tigers roaming around their exhibit, you might also spot some agile and curious macaques swaying back and forth from one tree branch to another.
Desert Animal Area
Think you'll only see grassland and rainforest animals? Think again! As one of top 10 municipal zoos in the world, Taipei Zoo boast animals from arid regions. They own numerous camel species, anteloupes, oryxs, even addax lives inside the zoo. You will even more amazed that the exhibits are greatly resemble the animals' natural habitat. How do you know? Well, you'll get to experience the dry temperature too.
If you love insects, you'll love spending time in Insectarium. This newest attraction in Taipei Zoo house hundreds different species of insects. The Insectarium also offer interactive facilities to entertain visitors of all age. You will get all informations you need about the facility from the interactive audio-visual guide inside the building. Enter the greenhouse and be greeted with swarms of colorful butterflies.There are also an exhibit displaying various human inventions that took insects as their source of inspiration.You can even join on a fun hiking activity held at a valley located behind the Insectarium.
Penguin House is the most popular indoor exhibit inside Taipei Zoo. It boast over 18 species of penguins brought from both polar continents. The zoo made it on the newspaper headline in 2001 after its very first king penguin was born. The penguin populations have been increasing, and today visitors can enjoy the sight of these cute arctic birds inside their exhibit.
How to Get Tickets?
You can directly purchase tickets to Taipei Zoo directly from the ticket booth. Visitors will have to pay NT$ 60 for adults and NT$ 30 for school students with student ID. Children and handicapped people (with certification) are free of charge. You'll need to pay another NT$20 to enter Taipei Zoo's Education Center.
How To Get Around?
Taipei Zoo is very extensive, it might be exhausting to walk around on foot. You don't have to worry though, as Taipei Zoo have provide their visitors with internal shuttle vehicles. If you choose to take Shuttle Train, it departs from Shuttle Train Station right next to the Koala House to Bird World Station. Other shuttle trains will depart from Bird World Station to Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo South Station. This shuttle train is only operating on Tuesday- Sunday from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM.
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Best Time to Visit
Taipei Zoo is highly likely to be crowded in weekends and holiday. It is best to come to the zoo in weekdays, so you'll have all the freedom to gaze on your favorite animals.
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How To Get There?
Taipei Zoo is easily reachable by MRT service. You can take MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line and get off at Taipei Zoo Station. Alternatively, you can also take MRT Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng and get off at Taipei City Hall Station. From there, you can take direct bus route G1, BR18, or BR21 and get off at Taipei Zoo. Other way of transport is by taking public bus route 236, 237, 282, 294, 295, 611, 676, 679, 793, 933, S12, BR3, BR6, BR11, BR15, BR18, BR21, G1, 1501, 1503 or 1558, get off at Taipei Zoo.
It is highly advisable to purchase an EasyCard after you arrived to Taipei. It will greatly helps you to pay for Taipei Zoo's tickets and using public transportations.That way you don't have to bring too much cash with you.