Korkeasaari Zoo
Korkeasaari Zoo
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Korkeasaari Zoo – also known as the Helsinki Zoo – is located on an island close to the Helsinki city center, and is open all year round. Korkeasaari Zoo is home to over 150 animal species, and it's the biggest zoo in Finland. You'll also find a souvenir shop, restaurants and picnic sites on the Zoo island. You can get a free map at the entrance. The Zoo was established in 1889, which makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Today Korkeasaari Zoo is a non-profit foundation that aims to conserve endangered species and biodiversity – every visit supports this work. In addition to conservation work at the Zoo, Korkeasaari participates in the conservation of species in their natural habitats, and runs Wildlife Hospital for injured or orphaned wild animals. Korkeasaari Zoo is an accredited member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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havoc23
Hannover, Germany129 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Don't go in winter. Despite their advertisement that the animals "like to be outside also in cold weather", around 75% of the animals could not be seen in their habitats, not even the local reindeer. All playgrounds and kiosks are closed and there are huge construction works until 2027. We paid 68 eur admission as a family of four and it definitely wasn't worth it. Quote kids: "worst zoo ever'.
Written 27 March 2024
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Sorry to hear that you didn't see many animals. The animals in the zoo have always the option to hide, as it's an important part of their welfare. Most of the times they actually are visible, but just have a good camouflage - look closely and wait for a bit, and you might find them 😊 Some of the enclosures are joined together so that the animals can have more space: if the animal is spending time in one side, it might look like the other one is empty - this might have been the case with European forest reindeers, as sometimes they spend time in the upper part of their enclosure, sometimes down near the lynx enclosure. During scheduled feeding times there are good chances to see the animals active!
Written 4 April 2024
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irina j
London, UK2,006 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I really like the location of this zoo , it’s on the island but easily accessible by bus from train station number 16 (3 times an hour) or by ferry from the harbour (every half hour in the summer).
Tickets are expensive but slightly cheaper after 4pm, however you can only buy discounted tickets in person and when we got there at 4, there was a long queue . I guess everyone had the same idea! So arrive slightly earlier.
Disadvantage coming in the evening was that we haven’t seen some animals e.g. monkeys as they always active in the morning. We also missed most of feeding times as there was only one slot left at 5pm.
Selection of animals is chosen to survive in cold climates so you won’t see giraffes, zebras and other regulars of the zoo. However they have some really interesting animals from colder climates. For me the highlight was Amur tiger and brown bears!
Everything inside is very expensive. One scoop of ice cream €5.50, bottle of water 0.5 litres cost €3.80!! So pack your own food and snacks. They have many places where you can have picnic and bring your own lunch which is great.
Written 6 August 2023
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Kari Haajanen
Kaarina, Finland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A lot of different kind of animals. Wonderful big cats. Clean and well-organized place. Nice and relax atmosphere.
Written 26 July 2023
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maple_bagend
Lapua, Finland35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Would recommend good pair of shoes cause you need to walk a lot. There are places you can buy food and snacks but I would recommend to take some snacks with you and a bottle of water. Map was helpful cause it was little confusing to walk around and find all the places. The best experience was walk through the kangaroo area.
Written 4 July 2023
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Bron1303
Burnley, UK429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
What a great Zoo, the animals were in lovely big cages and looked happy. The Zoo is just big enough to walk around and see everything in one day x
Written 28 June 2023
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Gee231205x2022
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Taking bus 16 from the central railway station takes you directly to the zoo ticket kiosks and from there it is a short stroll across the bridge to the zoo itself. Straight across from the bridge a lot of the exhibits were temporarily empty as they have moved the animals due to construction work on a new railway link from the city centre.
The zoo houses animals that can cope in the Finnish climate and it states this online, I personally really liked this as it meant there were some animals present that you would not normally see in other European zoos. All the enclosures seems clean and well suited to the animals and they appeared to have plenty of space to move around in.
Being on an island the zoo is easily walkable, they give you a map if you ask when buying the tickets and you can follow a recommended route or walk around as you want. On the far side there were some great views back towards the city centre with the cathedral popping up on the skyline.
I saw one restaurant by the bears which was open and seemed popular with families with small children. I didn't really see what hot options there were but it seemed they had snacks, cakes and hot drinks on offer.
Personally I really liked seeing how active the big cats were with snow still on the ground. They were moving around and in the case of the lionesses playing with each other which was nice to see.
I really enjoyed my visit to the zoo in the spring sunshine.
Written 2 April 2023
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Nicola_W_0108
United Kingdom650 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
It was fairly straightforward getting to the zoo on public transport and we enjoyed walking across the bridge to access the zoo, as it’s located on an island. We visited on a chilly autumn day and were able to see quite a few of the animals. Our favourites were the big cats, and the elusive brown bear which we felt lucky to see as it could have started hibernating early. Compared with other zoos, here we didn’t get the best views of the animals and couldn’t access indoor viewing areas of some animals when they weren’t in their outdoor enclosures e.g. otters, wolverine. Also there was a lot of construction going on so considerable amounts of noise and empty enclosures. We were disappointed to find the shop was closed (we visited towards end of October) so we weren’t able to buy any zoovenirs and many of the food outlets were closed also, so minimal eating options, especially for vegetarians. The toilets were clean and it was a nice place to walk around enjoying the fresh air. Friendly staff in the bistro next to the ticket office.
Written 27 October 2022
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yc
Southern Finland, Finland11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Unprofessional welcome by the zoo personnel. We had a kite with us and I was told that we cannot use it inside. This is perfectly understandable as we anyway did only want to use it on the windy bridge not on the Zoo island. I respected and deassembled the kite next to the personnel. However, she insisted that we must leave the kite at the entrance. This was the case although I told them we would definetly not use it inside and keep it inside our backpack. I also talked to the supervisor and asked why we were treated this way. She said that the reason is that THEY DON'T TRUST PEOPLE. I found it very strange. I also reminded them that they should put clear rules and instructions at least on their webpage and preferably at the entrance, which can be used as guidance in these cases. Otherwise, it is not professional way of handling the entrance considering the fact that they don't check or search anyone's backpack besides having no clear information on the rules. Anyone can come inside the zoo with anything without being aware of such rules - considering I got to know this specific rule 15 years later than my first visit to the Helsinki Zoo. If I hadn't a small kid loving animals, I would never visit the zoo again after this unprofessional handling of the entrance. My child also asked why we were forced to leave the deassembled kite and I could not tell her that the reason is that they don't trust people... Very disappointed.
Written 23 October 2022
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M_
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Loved all the animals, even though it was a rainy day, cold and blustery with October winds from the Baltic Sea. Nicley laid out zoo.
Written 17 October 2022
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Kitkat3000
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We took a bus over to the bridge and walked over to the zoo. Since this is on an island, and since the island is a breeding ground for a specific waterfowl, you are navigating around all the ducks and babies while exploring each habitat. I LOVED all the unique animals that we don't normally see at zoos, and the restaurant...DELICIOUS!! Was a great few hours for the whole family and a unique visit walking around the ducks that were all over!
Written 12 September 2022
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