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Why Taipei Zoo is special ?
The Taipei Zoo, sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo" (木柵動物園), is a public zoological garden in Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan and a leader in conservation, research and education, and recreation. It is also the largest zoo in Asia.
Taipei Zoo was founded in 1914, when Taiwan was under Japanese sovereignty, in Yuanshan Mountain (Maruyama) on the northern suburb of Taipei City. It was originally a private zoological garden owned by a Japanese citizen, Mr Oe. The Japanese government in Taiwan bought the property the following year and opened it as a public park. After World War II, the Republic of China (ROC) retreated to Taiwan and the ownership of the park was passed to the Taipei city government of ROC. An Asian elephant named Lin Wang that served with the Chinese Expeditionary Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and later relocated to Taiwan with the Kuomintang forces was moved to the zoo, and lived out most of his life and was the most popular animal at the zoo, and the most famous animal in Taiwan. Many adults and children alike affectionately called the bull elephant "Grandpa Lin Wang." Due to a need for expansion and for better conditions for the animals, the zoo was moved to its current site in Muzha on the southeastern suburb of Taipei City in 1986. It is, therefore, sometimes referred to as the "Muzha Zoo" (木柵動物園) to be distinguished from the former "Yuan-shan Zoo". The current site encloses 165 hectares, including 90 hectares open to the public.
What to explore at Taipei Zoo?
Favorite of all generations, the Taipei Zoo is the perfect destination for families and couples. The zoo features Formosan Animal Area, Children's Zoo, Asian Tropical Rainforests Area, Desert Animals Area, Australian Animal Area, African Animal Area, Temperate Zone Animal Area and Birds World.
The ever-alluring panda duo Tuantuan and Yuanyuan, the adorable koalas and the constantly active penguins are the stars of the zoo. If you haven't seen them, then you haven't visited Taipei Zoo!
How to get to Taipei Zoo?
1. Nat'l Hwy 1→ Exit at the Yuanshan Interchange → Jianguo Hwy Bridge → Exit at the Xinhai Rd. → Sec. 2 to 3, Xinhai Rd. → Nat'l Hwy 3A → Exit at the Wangfang Interchange → Sec. 5, Muzha Rd. → Wangfu Bridge → Sec. 2, Xinguang Rd.
2. Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit to Muzha Interchange → Sec. 3 to 2, Xinguang Rd.
Take the THSR or TRA to Taipei Station, continue by Taipei MRT to Taipei Zoo Station.
- “Educational yet fun”
- “Cheap zoo and well maintain”
- “One of the best Zoo in the world ”
- “Great for a family visit”
- “A cool zoo for a stroll”
Tips for you
We didn't get to see a lot of the exhibits, but the Taipei Zoo was a fun day trip and is great if you are looking for a day to walk around outside of the city. The Formosa exhibits with native species were really interesting (the bears were very active). The lemurs were also really great to see. And of course, we did the requisite panda watching which was great fun. (We went during the off season, so there were no crowds.) The enclosures are not the most modern, but they seem clean and comfortable and the animals appear to be well cared for and not overly stressed. (The penguins were not on display when we visited, so check to see if renovations are done before hiking up to see them.) If you want to make a full day of it, combining the zoo with the Maokong Gondola ride is a great option.
Small but pretty relaxing. walk to the north and you can take the cable to Maokong mountain from there. but later you can not get inside the zoo again, hence, dont leave any stuff in the zoo lockers.
This zoo is manageable in size, connects to the Makong Gondola, has a pair of Pandas (although I only saw dad because mom was off with her newborn). If it's very hot (when isn't it) take the "train" up towards the top instead of climbing. The animals are divided by habitat and source. Most are not in cages. There's a McDonalds near the entrance if you get hungry. Admission is US $2 per person aqnd when I went it was buy one get one free. Go and enjoy the day.
This price can't be beat for opportunity to see panda, koala bear, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, penguins and tons others!I recommend taking the in-house "train" one way to save energy at 10 NTD. It is quite a big zoo.Also what's worth mentioning is the on-site convenience stores including 7-11 that have tons of snacks at regular price so you don't feel ripped off like whenever you go to tourist spots. Awesome!We live in honolulu and have enjoyed the honolulu zoo all the time but we don't have the above animals or reasonably priced snacks.
This place is HUGE and the variety of animals is incredible. They have maps in english which was very helpful. Most of the enclosures looked pretty good, like the animals would be happy. The gorilla did make me really sad though, he was by himself and was carrying around a burlap blanket. He looked lonely. Super cheap too, cost about $2 USD.
It was one of the biggest zoos I've been to, and there were a lot of different animals. It takes a few hours to get through them all. It was really hot that day, like most days in Taiwan, but it was still a great time. My daughter is always happy when we go to the zoo. I loved the panda! Definitely the best part of the trip, but I didn't like that you couldn't stop for a moment to see it. We had to keep moving and if we wanted to take a picture we had to take it as we were walking by. But you could go back and see the panda as many times as you want. That was the only thing that bothered me because I was very excited to see the panda.