Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo is a large-scale state-level zoo. It was previously named Western Suburban Park and renamed in 1980. It is located on the western outskirts of Shanghai, adjacent to Hongqiao International Airport. Covering an area of 885,000 square yards (740,000 square meters), it exhibits more than 6,000 animals, including up to 600 rare animals. There are not only animals from China, such as giant pandas, golden monkeys, South China tigers, Manchurian tigers, Yangtze alligators, elks, but also animals from all over the world, such as giraffe, kangaroo, penguin, hippopotamus, sea lion, ostrich, and cougar.

Shanghai Zoo is divided into 5 exhibition areas: Primates, Herbivores, Carnivores, Birds, and Amphibians. 
 

Golden Monkeys

Walking into the park and turning left, tourists first encounter the Primate Zone, where hamadryas baboons, golden monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees can be seen. Golden monkeys are a unique, rare animal from China. The diet of golden monkeys consists mainly of leaves and fruit. It is reported that golden monkeys are most frequently seen in forests with bamboo, so the zone has abundant fruit trees and bamboo, creating a suitable habitat.

Moving forward, tourists come to the Herbivore Zone, where giraffes, Asian elephants, hippopotamuses and alpacas lead a carefree life. Alpacas deserve to be mentioned; because of their cute appearances, alpacas have created great interest in China.
 

Giant Pandas

Pandas in Shanghai ZooContinuing on, the Carnivore Zone comes into view. The giant pandas, Bengal white tigers, South Chinese tigers, African lions and Sun bears live here and enjoy themselves. You may question why pandas are housed in the Carnivore zone. It’s because their forefathers fed on meat a long time ago. Environmental change forced them to switch their diet to bamboo and their digestion system is no longer able to handle meat. The Panda exhibit contains mainly the giant panda and the red panda. The giant panda area is fan-shaped, where an indoor exhibition area and an outside playground can be seen. Tourists can watch the panda’s every movement. The playground is covered with trees, lawns, artificial mountains, pools so that the giant pandas can enjoy themselves. The red panda’s area is circular, and allows red pandas to rest in a tree or enjoy the sunshine. The whole exhibit is full of several kinds of bamboo to provide enough food for the pandas. Pandas lead a carefree life there. Tourists can have close contact with these cute animals, leaving a deep impression.

 See tour offered by TravelChinaGuide, for you to visit pandas in the zoo:
   8-Day Private Panda Tour to Beijing/ Xian/ Shanghai from $1119
 

Lion and Tiger Hill

In addition, Lion and Tiger Hill in the Carnivores zone is another place to go. It is divided into three parts: east, central and west hills which exhibit three kinds of tigers: Manchurian tigers, African lions and South China tigers. Tourists are separated from the animals by a wall, behind which the tourists can safely stand and watch. There is a mural displayed, on which grassland, forests, water and wild animals are vividly presented. The mural makes travelers feel that they are in the vast field. Tourists can see the vigorous figure of tigers and listen to their roar.
 

Beautiful Birds

After a tour in the Carnivore Zone, you may want to see the elegant swan or the lovely Jackass Penguin. If so, the Bird Zone is a good choice. No less than 40 kinds of birds nest in the zoo, among which the oriole, skylark, swan, cuckoo and mandarin duck are famous. The Oriental egret, black swan, whooper swan, flamingo, peacock can also be seen here. There is a Swan Lake, which covers a vast area, and is surrounded by various plants. The beautiful environment attracts many birds to nest in the lake. The breath-taking scenery makes tourists indulge in the beauty and not want to go home.
 

Other Scenic Spots

Shanghai ZooThe Amphibian Zone is close to the exit of the zoo. Here, rare amphibian species can be seen, such as Yangtze alligator, varanid, sea turtle, and python. For those who are fond of amphibians, it will be a feast for the eyes.

A wide variety of flowers are also displayed. Standing in the garden, tourists are surrounded by fragrances of flowers. Because the site of the zoo was originally a golf course, it is now reputed for its beautiful environment and extensive green belt. More than 100,000 trees flourish here.

There is also a Scientific Building, the first of its kind established in China, situated in the zoo.
 
 

Transportation:

1. Take subway line 10 and get off at the Shanghai Zoo Station, then take Exit 1 or 2 to reach your destination.
2. Take bus line 48, 57, 91, 519, 709, 739, 748, 806, 807, 809, 911, 925, 936, 938, 941, 945, or tour bus line 4, Gongshe Line, Xinbei Line, Huqing Line, Zhongwei Line, Xumei Line and get off at the Shanghai Zoo Station.
 Shanghai Bus / Metro Search
 
Admission Fee CNY 40 for adults (above 18 years old)
CNY 20 for those who are 6-18 years old
An adult can bring a child under 6 years old or 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) for free.
Opening Hours March to October: 7:30–17:00
November to the next February: 7:30–16:30

 Nearby Attraction:
Sassoon Villa: A pinnacle garden house with English–countryside style building is a splendid scenic spot here.

 Further Reading:
Shanghai Wild Animal Park: in Pudong New Area, 22 miles (35 km) to the city center.
 

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