The Taipei Zoo is one of the ten largest municipal zoos in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia. Getting there is easy: just take the MRT Muzha Line southbound all the way to the terminal station. As the zoo is home to more than 400 animal species, rest assured there’s plenty to see!
The zoo includes 7 indoor exhibits, each with different themes.At the Insectarium you’ll meet several butterfly species unique to Taiwan. Next, you won’t want to miss the hugely popular Koala House and Penguin House. There are also two giant pandas from China! These animals are the Zoo’s resident celebrities, so be sure to check them out!
The star of the zoo used to be the Asian Elephant “Grandpa Lin Wang,” who lived to the ripe old age of 86. Lin’s longevity—20 years older than most Asian Elephants—was hailed by zoologists as a miracle. After his death, Lin was stuffed and put on display, and now enjoys the distinction of being the world’s largest stuffed Asian Elephant! You can see him on display in the Education Center.
Apart from the indoor exhibits, the Taipei Zoo also features 8 outdoor exhibit areas. The latter are divided according to geographical environment, and possess educational value both as exhibits and ecological environments. The “Children’s Zoo,” “Formosan Animal Area,” and “African Animal Area” are the most popular, according to Internet voting. The Formosan Animal Area includes endemic species like Formosan sika deer, Taiwan macaque, and Swinhoe’s pheasant. These animals can only be found in Taiwan—definitely worth a look!
- Family Activities 101 Highlights
- Guiding Service
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No.30, Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd, Wenshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Services & Facilities
- Accessibility for the Disabled
- Lost and found
- Broadcast Service
BR Wenhu Line Taipei Zoo
Very inexpensive, otherwise I’d say not worth itA lot of the exhibits are under renovation, so beware. You may want to call ahead and ask what is closed (if you speak Chinese). We trekked all the way uphill to find out the shuttle to the gondola was closed and we had to go back near the Koala house to catch it. Even if everything was open, I’d still give it an average or below avg rating because the space allotted to the animals is so small. I hope the renovations include expanding their living spaces. There is no train. The shuttle buses are trams with the lead car shaped like a train.
Giant pandasIndeed an outstanding zoo. The panda exhibit is probably the highlight. We observed the pandas in action this afternoon. One panda (Yuan Zai?) has been very well trained to reach for food (carrot) hung up quite high from the ceiling. He made several attempts and finally got it! (see picture)
Great value zoo!This is the best value zoo facility we visited in terms of the humane care of animals on display and wide range of creatures and big expense of the park facilities. I especially liked the cartoons and graphics used on the respective animal display boards to help visitors understand their various characteristics. Main food option are at the entrance area with McDonalds & 7-11 on the left and right side of the entrance plaza. Follow up the zoo visit with a fairly priced MaoKong cable car ride in the late afternoon.
Outstanding ZooThe Taipei zoo is located near the brown line terminal station and easily reachable from any metro station. There are lockers inside to store the bags. If you start early you would able to see the pandas without waiting the lines. Finally you can use the Maokong Gondola from the top exit of the zoo.
Get here earlyBeat the crowd and get here as soon as it opens if you want to catch the pandas in action. We got to the zoo at about 9.00am on a Sunday and headed straight for the Panda house. It paid off - panda was right in the middle of breakfast! Crowd wasn’t too bad either. By the time we left at around noon, pandas were nowhere in sight. Emperor penguins and red pandas were also a sight to behold and just as active in the morning. Zoo grounds are huge so be prepared for lots of walking. Or try taking the zoo shuttle all the way to the end (5NTW one way) and walk your way back to the exit.
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