Kristiansand Dyrepark

City: Krisitansand
Country: Norway
Province: Vest-Agder

Opend 25th June 1966


Species 140


The Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park (Kristiansand Dyrepark) is a Zoological garden and amusement park. It is Norway's most frequently visited attraction, covering an area of 150 acres (61 ha). Animals include wolves, lynxes, wolverines, tigers, lions, chimpanzees, mooses, zebras, and orangutans.Other attractions include Cardamom Town

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Kristiansand Dyrepark
4609 Kardemommeby

Phone nr 38049700

Open minimum 10am-3pm



Entrance fee (prices mentioned here are the higheste) are cheaper outside of High season, and there are 2-4 days passes as well (save 50 NOK by buying online). Combined tickets to the water-fun-land can be bought.

  • Adult 529 NOK
  • Child 479 NOK


Annual card (valid for the year its bought)(Combined cards to the water-fun-land can be bought.)

  • Adult 1799 NOK 
  • Child 1649 NOK

There are daily feeding shows, for the time please ask at the till station.  


  • 1964 Kristiansand Zoo is established. Initiator Willy Tjomsås together with five businessmen, begin the company Kristiansand Zoo on April 22, 1964. That same fall a zookeeper, a construction worker and carpenter was hired.
  • 1965 Pentecost day the zoo opens unofficially, and the first guests are entering.
  • 1966 The official opening of the park takes place on Saturday the 25th June 1966. 30 animal species are already in place in enclosures around the duck pond. The bears are the big draw.
  • 1967 A souvenir kiosk is built inside the park, and some animals come from abandoned Fornebo Dyrepark in Oslo.
  • 1968 A wolverine enclosure opens in September, and a fox put into the bear enclosure. Judy, the first Norwegian-born baboon, is born in the zoo and evokes a sensation after being rescued by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and being brought up by an office lady. For the first time moose are shoen through calves Peik from Telemark.
  • 1969 20 Bactrian camels are coming from the Soviet Union in autumn 1969, purchased by the zoo-owned company Alpaca Farm. For nearly a year, the camels are standing in quarantine on the farm of Edward Moseid parents in Vennesla. Kafegøyen Kro opens June 23, and rescues largely the Park's economy.
  • 1970 The first camel foal, Katarina, is born and creates a lot of attention. 12 diana vervet monkeys, originally from Central Africa, are taking over Apeøya, and five cotton-top mamosets from Costa Rica do as well. Yhe Wolverine herd is being expanded with two wolverines, Lisa and Pekka.
  • 1971 The zoo is in financial difficulties, and Kristiansand municipality stretches out a helping hand. City Council grants a principal and interest free loan of 750,000 crowns. This is the only time that the zoo has received public assistance in this way. Baboons are now being replaced by five gibbons. A beaver facility opens that year, but the attempt is not successful.
  • 1972 In September opens a large and beautiful sea lion anclosure. The sea lions are a gift from the insurance Neptune, owned by Mosvold Group. The Camel groupe breeds well, and the starts to send Camels to every corner of the world
  • 1973 Book publisher Cappelen gives two stags to the zoo. This year also a tame moose calve, Bambi, arrives to the zoo, having been brought up by a family in Buskerud. There are no new animal enclosures this year, but all the fences are being upgraded, since they have stood unchanged since opening in 1966. But a miniature golf establishment is opened. Besides taking the zoo takes over the entire animal population of the abandoned zoo at Tjøme
  • 1974 New this year are nine African penguins and five pelicans, they are placed together with the sea lions. A bull moose comes from Sweden anda rhea is acquired.
  • 1970's During the 1960s and 1970s are wild stock expanded slowly but surely. The first chimpanzee was born in secrecy and this commitment are central at Dyreparkens development.
  • 1979 The Chimpanzee Julius is born 2nd Christmas Day 1979. When Julius is born the father will not know of him, and Julius is staying at the home of Edvard Moseid. Julius is nationally known and "all" will see him. Julius gets its own song and own book. Julius has made ​​the zoo renowned throughout the country and has been an active marketer of southern Norway.
  • 1983 The leisure Park is a fact. The park decides to expand their business activities with playground and amusement items.
  • 1980's The animal and leisure park are built on the parallel through the 1980s and 1990s. Trolldalen come and timber slide becomes a reality. Sommerøya with swimming pools are very important for the public also in the hottest days. Children's seats with Norwegian animal is a great success.
  • 1990 Captain Sabertooth is played for the first time. A new success story is a fact. Live plays in Kjuttaviga that night show sees the light of day. The park currently has a close and long term agreement with Terje Formoe and his company Counterfeit Products AS.
  • 1991 Cardamom town is opened
  • 1993 The zoo is introduces to Oslo Stock exchange
  • 1990's Through the 1990s the zoo gets realized its plans with the Nordic wilderness where people are walled and animals go free. The pirate Castle is built and the pirate ship The Black Women begins to service. The park installs a simulator, a Fog Forest and Cirkus Lalo is a major attraction.
  • 2001 Having entered into a strategic partnership with Rica Hotels they built a hotel adjacent to the park called Noah's ark. Itl opened in April 2001. The park is also expanding its partnership with Terje Formoe for new 15 years. The area of Africa is finished, and Captain Sabertooth world opens.
  • 2002 This year's novelty is the Tiger Kingdom, an investment of 14 million. The two Siberian tigers Ryeka and Ulysses fits into one of the world's best tiger facility. The facility are opened to the public on 18th May 2002.
  • 2007 This year's big news is the new Africa area, where the lions house and four lions are the main attraction. Otherwise composed "Africa" by African Children's Village, a brand new railroads (Reli Safari) and a huge African market.
  • 2008 This year's biggest attractions is Jungle Land (reconstruction of the play area Gompeland) and the boat bazar (reconstruction of the games area Cirkus Lalo). Jungle Land is the largest of its kind in Europe. In addition, mini boat SuperSpeed ​​as a substitute for the Christian Lille and the climbing mountain Storm Mountain was opened. The year 2008 came largely to be characterized by several special animal births. In May came the first wolf litter of ten years, three wolverine cubs were born the same month and for the first time were capybara born as well as emperor tamarins at the zoo. A young kangaroo was also brought up to. But the thing that definitely made ​​the most attention were that six lion cubs saw the light. Equal attention was when a giraffe calf was born later in the autumn.
  • 2009 This year's new attraction is KuToppen, which opened in late May. KuToppen consists of a farm with traditional farm animals. Here are the main house, barn and seats, as well as tractor track tractor trail. The concept will show the food chain "from farm to fork".
  • 2010 The zoo establishes a water-fun-park, a brand new park. The water-fun-park is being built on the island where Sommerøya was previously.
  • 2012 The zoo gets fennec fox's
  • 2014 The zoo gets Cheetahs
  • 2015 Hakkebakkeskogen (The hakke bakke wood) is opening after a farrytale like Kardamom city by Thorbjørn Egners
  • 2016 Norways first Cheetahs are born
  • 2020 The Orangutans get a new enclosure
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After paying the entrance fee just go behind the troll in to the deep troll-forest.  Behind it turn to the right to get to Cardamom city, here we find donkeys and inside the city some parrots. Behind the city is the enclosure for Bactrian Camels. Turn arround nd keep to enter the Nordic wilderness with European otters and beavers. Across is a huge area for wolves that we are going arround on. Then seeing owls, moose wolverines, Arctic fox and the lynx. Outside of this area we still keep right and arrive at the farm "Kutoppen". to me horses, cows, goats, pigs and poultry. Behind it we meet the fallow deer, keeping  to the right we meet the Amur tiger. They are part of the Asian area where we following are meetin the Orang utan and the Lar gibbon. After the lesser pandas we turn left to see the ibex. Across are Guanacos and following theire enclosure to South American tapirs and capybaras. Lets the go to the cheetahs, the first animals of the African area. Next are lions and then a huge Savannah with girafes, zebras and antelopes. Across beyond the small train tracks we are having a petting zoo with goats. Beyond it is the last area, the jungle. Out side we meet Chimpanzees, monkeys as the ring-tailed lemurs  and flamingo's. Inside are several terrariums, squirrel monkeys, tamarins, fish  and some bird species.

DE: Der Zoo ist in 2 Teilen geteilt, der Zoo und der Freizeitpark. Man findet Nordische Tiere aber auch viele tropische Tiere mit einem Regenwald mitten drinn

DK: Haven er inddelt i to dele, en zoo og en forlystelsespark. Haven har nordiske dyr men også mange tropiske og hjertet er en regnskov i midten
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