Osaka's Tennoji Zoo is home to over 1,500 creatures and 300 different species from all over the world, from elephants and pandas to Australian koalas, big cats, and primates. Mimicking natural habitats as closely as possible, the 27-acre (11-hectare) zoo is known for its ecological protection and humane treatment of animals. Exhibits include a reptile house, a site for nocturnal creatures, and an area for hippopotamuses, as well as a savanna zone set to serve as the wilds of Africa.
Located in Tennoji Park, the zoo represents a place for recreation and culture for locals. While here, stroll through the adjacent botanical gardens.
Tennoji Zoo lies within the larger Tennoji Park, south of the city center and close to the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art. The closest station is Dobutsuen-Mae subway.