If you are looking to explore the wild, then you must see some of the best zoos in Nigeria. From exotic birds to various endemic species of primates and other animal species, there are several things see and memories waiting to be made at some of Nigeria’s major zoos.
To make it easy for you to locate the any of the top Zoos in Nigeria, we have curated a list to guide you in choosing one of the zoos closest to the city you may be visiting.
1. OGBA ZOO, BENIN CITY:
One of the oldest zoo in Nigeria, Ogba Zoo was established in the year 1915. It covers an area of 20 hectares and is about 6 kilometres from the city centre. The zoo boasts of a range of exotic birds like Peacocks. There are also a number of animals like Zebra, Lion, Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Antelopes in the zoo.
Ogba Zoo also boasts of a refreshment centre, an outdoor and indoor event facilities, as well as an extensive landscaped ground. The space is open to use for various events like anniversaries, wedding parties and corporate retreats. Tourists are allowed accessed to a number of recreational facilities including donkey, camel and horse rides
Opening time: The zoo is open between 9:00am – 6pm daily.
Gate fee: 100 Naira for adults and 50 Naira for children. If you make a reservation in advance or as a group, you can enjoy special discount offers.
2. UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN:
One of the most visited zoos in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden also known as Ibadan Zoo covers an area of about 10 hectares. The University of Ibadan Zoological Garden was established in 1948 for the purpose of promoting teaching and research in the Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan. It later evolved into a Zoo in the year 1974 after the collection of animals grew.
Home to several animal species including Birds, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles, there are tons of animals available to see. The animals at the zoo are grouped into six main sections namely, Herbivore, Avian, Carnivore, Primate, Reptile and a smaller animal section. There are zoo guides available to help you explore the full collection at Ibadan Zoo.
Opening time: Mondays to Saturdays from 8am to 4pm and it is usually closed from sundays.
Gate fee: 200 Naira, children below the ages of 9 years are expected to pay 100 Naira and students with identification cards are to pay 100 Naira as well.
3. YANKARI GAME RESERVE:
A renowned nature park, Yankari Game Reserve is one of the most visited wildlife park in Nigeria. It is located in the south central park of Bauchi State and its location is often referred to as the heartland of West African Savanna. It covers about 866 sqm and boasts of several natural warm water springs as numerous birds and animal species. It is an amazing destination for tourists looking to various wildlife in their natural habitat. The game park attracts various locals and international tourists annually
4. JOS WILDLIFE PARK:
Explore Jos Wildlife Park also known as Jesse Aruku Wildlife Park located in Rantya area, Jos, Plateau State. The Park covers an area of 8 square kilometres and 3 square miles. Several tourists come from fr and wide to see the animals at the park and explore nature at its finest. The zoo is home to various animal species like lions. Elephants, crocodiles, chimpanzees and several others. The wildlife park also boasts of a history museum, a local restaurant and a children’s playground.
5. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S PARK AND ZOO, ABUJA:
Visit the National Children’s Park and Zoo located in Asokoro District, Abuja, just behind the presidential villa. The Zoo boasts of several animal species ranging from domestic animals like camels and donkeys to lions and cheetahs amongst others. The park also boasts of a restaurant, a lake and a well equipped children’s playground.
Opening time: Opens daily between 9am and 6pm.
Gate fee: 200 Naira for adults and 100 for children.
6. AUDU BAKO ZOO, KANO