The Giardino Zoologico di Roma, or better known as Bioparco, is a kid-pleaser zoological garden in Rome. It is located in the Villa Borghese Park. The park measures 42 acres. It’s said that it houses around 1114 animals that is of 222 different species. The zoo originally covered 30 acres of the area of the park, however, since 1935, the zoo occupied around 17 acres. Built in January 5, 1911, Bioparco is considered the most ancient zoo in Europe. Prior to its foundation, in 1908, the zoo already housed various tropical animal species that were held for exhibition purpose. It was Carl Hagenbeck’s who took the responsibility of founding the Bioparco.
Unlike any other zoos during ancient times, the predictable collection of animals in Bioparco was not used for scientific studies. It was primarily intended for entertainment and education. Also, contrary to general zoos, the animals in Bioparco have a specific place where they can freely move and live. The zoo also provides a safe home for different endangered species. The zoo also keeps animals that have been victims of trafficking.
Bioparco is not merely about animals. To somewhat satirize the animals’ natural environment, Bioparco also planted many exotic trees and plants on its huge botanical garden. The botanical garden does not only serve as the natural home for the animals but it likewise adds to the feeling of the visitors of being at home. The botanical garden also gives a fresher and more natural ambiance.
Aside from the zoo and the botanical garden, you can also find three cafes, a gift shop and a restaurant in Bioparco. There are also many sites suitable for picnic around the park area. The kids will also enjoy the playground and the small train that can be found in the park.
Common animals found in Bioparco
- Chimpanzees, orangutans and other monkey species
- Lizards, crocodiles, turtles, snakes and other reptiles
- Various kinds of wild animals
- Parrots, flamingos and other exotic birds
- and many more
Business hours: April to October: 9:30 am-6:00 pm, November to March 9:30 am-5:00 pm
- Adults- €12.50
- Children over and under 12 years old- €10.50
- Children under 1 m- free
- Phone: 09 360 82 11
Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico, 1
00197 Roma, Italy
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