Family Fun at Lisbon Zoo

By Sasha, February 2013

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Allow at least four hours to explore Lisbon Zoo, opened in 1883 as the first in Portugal. Largely revamped since 1990, it is accessible on public transport to Sete Rios. It is one of the more progressive of European zoos, having a high success rate with its conservation and breeding programmes. A gorilla and a pigmy hippo were born there for the first time in 2012.

There are more than 3,000 animals at Lisbon Zoo, consisting of some 360 species, including endangered animals specially bred for rehabilitation in the wild. There’s a lot to pack, so be sure to get a map at the ticket office so you don’t the miss reptile house full of snakes and lizards, the small zoo farm for toddlers, monkey village, lions, tigers, coral-colored flamingos, hippos, kangaroos, elephants, brightly feathered parrots in their aviaries, and brown bears in their rocky enclosure backed with waterfalls.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Lisbon Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Lisbon.

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