Opened in 1874 and affectionately known as “Zolli” by the locals, Basel's Zoological Gardens are home to a large number of indigenous and exotic animals. With its fascinating park landscape and lovingly designed enclosures, Basel Zoo is well worth a visit at any time of year.
In summer, the park invites you to a cozy outdoors stroll - and in winter the many animals’ dwellings promise exciting encounters at close range. Those wishing to explore the underwater world also discover a colorful variety of marine animals. Particularly noteworthy is the newly remodeled "Gamgoas" lion habitat, as well as the recently opened monkey house.
Children love to watch the snow leopard cubs playing on their rock. Just next door, the enclosure containing Indian rhinos and small-clawed otters provides an insight into the wildlife of Asia. Those who want to discover an underwater world will find a rich variety of sea creatures in the vivarium, including seahorses, sharks and penguins.
When the weather conditions are optimal (temperatures below 10⁰C and no heavy rain), the latter take a walk through the zoo every day at 11 am.
What's more, Switzerland's largest zoo also includes the Etosha house, a spectacular recreation of the Namibian savannah.
New Tembea Elephant Enclosure
After more than three years of construction, Basel Zoo has opened the Tembea elephant enclosure. The new, expanded outdoor areas and the new building will be home to elephants as well as African clawed frogs, brown rats and harvester ants.