Tallin Zoo


City: Tallin

Country: Estonia

Province: Tallin

Opend 1939



Species 619





Tallinn Zoo has the World's largest mountain goat and sheep collection, and a large eagle and owl collection. The zoo has two tropical houses which include animals like crocodiles and other reptiles, fishes, exotic birds, marmosettes, chimpanzees, mongooses etc. The Elephant house was built in 1989 to celebrate zoo's 50 birthday. The elephant house includes animals like snakes, african elephants, pygmy hippos, armadillos, rodents etc. The Alpinarium has been part of the zoo since 2004. In the Alpinarium you can find mountain sheeps, ibex's and snowleopards. The Middle-Asia complex was built in 2002, and includes animals like Przewalski's horses, bactrian camels, bisons, yak, hyaenas. Near the Middle-Asia complex you can find phesants, and water bird lakes that are home to ducks, pelicans, swans and other water birds. Hawk mountain is home to eagles, vultures and owls. Here you can find different vultures, golden eagles,Steller's Sea Eagles, barn owls and many other eagles and owls.

Last visitet 2015



Tallinna Loomaaed
Paldiski mnt.145 / Ehitajate tee 150
Tallinn 13522






Phone 6 94 33 00



Open minimum 9am-5pm



Entrance fee

  • Adult 8  €
  • Child 5 €
  • Family* 20 €
*Family tickets are valid for 2 parents and minimum 1 child

Annual card

  • Adult 50 €
  • Child 25 €
  • Family* 100 €
*Family cards are valid for 2 parents and up to 3 children

Kids will love the petting zoo


Like in most countries that gained independence after World War I, in Estonia the cultural and economic development enabled the establishment of a zoological garden only shortly before World War II. Tallinn Zoo was founded on 25 August  1939. The main responsibility for the preparations of this event lay with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Department of Tourism and Nature Preservation. Two years before, in 1937, a team of Estonian marksmen had won the World Champion title in Helsinki. With the so-called Argentine Cup they had brought along another trophy – a young lynx Illu. Illu became our first exhibit  and later the lynx was chosen our emblem animal. Initially it was decided to develop our collection and gain experience in a provisory area on the edge of Kadriorg Park. Afterwards a more extensive area was to be selected for the proper zoo. When  Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, societies and unions were banned. Tallinn Zoo came under the jurisdiction of Tallinn City Government and has operated as a municipal institution ever since. World War II interrupted the plans and the zoo could move to its new area of ca 87 hectares in Veskimetsa district only 44 years later, in 1983. At first, the zoo had to cope with temporary buildings adapted from old military warehouses. Due to the 10-year-long prohibition on building cultural and sports structures in the Soviet Union after the Olympic Games in Moscow, the construction of proper zoo buildings could be initiated only subsequent to Estonia’s re-independence. In view of the extent of our territory and the financial opportunities of the city, the establishment of proper zoo facilities takes a lot of time. Therefore all the supporters are welcome. Considering that great part of people in Estonia still cannot afford travelling abroad, the Tallinn Zoo, being the only zoo in the country, has already today to give its best as a so-called embassy of wild animals. Apparently there is no zoo that could perfectly manage a collection of too many species. It is unavoidable to have preferences and to specialise in particular animal groups. Tallinn Zoo holds the best collection of mountain goats and sheep in the world. We have an outstanding number of eagles and vultures and a remarkable collection of owl and crane species. As to other animal groups, the choice is more modest. However, we can claim without boasting that during our existence of a bit more than 70 years we have managed to assemble the most fascinating zoo collection in Northern Europe and achieved significant success in the reproduction of our nurselings. These achievements owe directly to the good will and skills of our staff. Other competent parties have also noted our success. In 1989, earlier than any other zoo in the Soviet Union, Tallinn Zoo was included to the membership of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). A decade earlier, we had become a support member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AAZA). Subsequently, we have actively taken part in founding regional zoo organisations, such as the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the Euro-Asian Regional Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EARAZA).

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After paying the entrance fee we have on the right a huge enclosure for the Pere David's deer, at the old wild goat enclosurs we turn the right and then following the path to the pheasantry. Here you find 10 different species of phesants like the eared pheasants. Then its time to look at the bactrian camel, wisent and the bison. On the left are several large lakes for ducks and gees. Then its time to look at new enclosures for different species of ibex, tur and sheep, like the bahral. In this area we also find their enemy, the snow leopard. Reaching now the most popular exhibit we see the African Elephant and black rhinos. In this area we also find kangaroos and the musc ox. Following once more the lakes now on the right side we see the striped hyena, Prezewalski's horse, the yak and different species of deer. At the old wild goar enclosures we turn right to see different ungulates like the gaur, monkeys and maned wolves. Then passing the llamaswe have reached the carnivore area with bears, Amur tigers and leopards. Going down on the other side we enter the vivarium, home to fish and amphibians.  Out side again we see the lions and pecaris. At the old wild enclosures we then turn right to see the childrens zoo. Then heading for the exit it's time to see birds of prey and owls.

DE: Dieser der grösste Zoo in den Baltischen Staten hat die grösste Samlung von Wild Schafen und Wildziegen in Europa. Neben bei werden seltenheiten wie der Moschusochse und das Schwarze Nashorn gezeigt, ewig populär sind auch die Afrikanischen Elefanten

DK: Dette er den største zoo i de baltiske stater og har europas største samling af vildfår og vildgeder. Des lige bliver der vist sjældenheder som moskusokser og det sorte næsehorn, altid populære er ligeledes de afriskanske elefanter
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