Diergaarde Blijdorp


City: Rotterdam
Country: Netherlands
Province: South Holland
Opend 1857

Species  600

This is on the best zoos world wide best zoos with a giant aquarium, a huge tropical house and fascinating animals like the okapi, the banteng and prince alfreds deer

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Diergaarde Blijdorp
Postbus 532
3000 AM Rotterdam



Phone number (010) 443 14 95.  

Opened minimum 9am-5pm

Entrance fee

  • Adult 24,50 Euros
  • Child 3-9 years 20,- Euros


Annual cards
  • Adult 83,- Euro
  • Family** 215,- Euro
  • Single parent** 155,- Euro


** Valid for 1 ore 2 parents and theire kids under 17 years

For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds


The original Rotterdam Zoo was lost in the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. Some streetnames, such as Diergaardesingel (Zoolane), still recall the old zoo. Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station in Rotterdam, as well. In 2001, 'Blijdorp' became almost twice as large when it opened a new western part, called Oceanium, with its main attraction an aquarium. In April 2004, the whole zoo was declared a national monument. In October 2010, the city of Rotterdam decided to reduce its yearly funding of Blijdorp from nearly 4.5 to about 0.8 million Euro until 2015. The zoo and its supporters protested the decision, claiming it is unclear if the zoo can continue to operate with the reduced budget

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After have been paying the entrance fee we turn right to watch the geladass. Then turn right to watch reindeers and turn right to look at owls. Passing the woolf and facing the gorillas. In front of theire enclosures we have some wallabies and the lesser panda. Going inside the Riverahal we meet first a large playground. This is also the home for the pygmy hippos and the giraffes, as well as some tropical birds.  Turning left at the lake  we look at the savannah and then turning left again we se antilopes. The turning right we have a tropical plant house with okapis and inside the house reptiles like the nile crocodile. Behinde it we have some hyenas.  Keeping on the walk we look at vultures and lions. Now we are at the Lotus Serre and are going thorgh the whithe to the new area of the zoo. At first we meet on the right side som aviarys and the maned wolf, on the other side there are vicungas and the american bison. Behind them are some tropical butterflys. Next door is the enclosure for polar bears and finally to the Oceanium. This is the zoos aquarium, but you also meet sea lions and penguins. Returming to the Lotus Serre we turn left and watch the asian elephant and the malayan tapir. Entering the elephant house we notice serveral exotic birds. Out on the other side we have the Indian Rhino, the mongolian dessert (with bactrian camels). Returning to the main road we look at bantengs and Alfreds deer. At the monkey island turning right we are looking at different cranes and looking at funny macaques, before entering an huge aviary. Outside again we look closer at the asian elephantsand then look at some antilopes before we are watching the sumatran tiger. Her turning right and following the lake we enter a japanees garden. Following the road we go to the asian house, home for the visayan warty hog and inside the komodo dragon. Before going out we make the last stop in front of the flamingo

DE: Dieser Zoo gilt als  einer der besten von Europa und hat ein schönes grosses Aquarium und ein schönes tropisches haus. Man trift auch seltenheiten wie das Banteng, Prinz Alfreds Hirsch und Okapis

DK: Denne zoo gælder som en af Europas beste og har et stort akvarium og et skønt tropehus. Man møder også sjældne syr som Bantengen, Prins Alfreds hjort og okapien

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