The Joburg Zoo has several modern animal exhibits and
educational centres. To learn about some of main
attractions read the short descriptions below. All
directions are given from the Upper Park Zoo entrance.
Housing animal species found in the forests of the
Amazon. Visit the slinky Spider Monkeys, curious Coatis,
interesting Armadillos and gracious Pumas.
can be found by following Gorilla Walk to Amazon Avenue
on the eastern side of the zoo.
Visit Africa's symbol a beauty and power, the
lion in our natural and open AngloGold Lion enclosures.
The zoo houses 11 lions with 3 magnificent pride males
and their pride females. The Zoo is also lucky to have
rare white lions making up our lion pride.
can be found by following Memorial Boulevard towards the
war museum in the northern side of the zoo.
Visit three of mankind's
closest relatives, the chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan
and observe their many human-like characteristics. All
three species found at the zoo are sadly highly
endangered in their natural habitats.
Chimpanzee troop is composed of our alpha male, numerous
adult females, adolescent and infants. Their lives
resemble that of a daily soap opera with ongoing drama
and relationship issues.
The Ape house can be
found next to Caf� Fino by taking Gorilla walk to Ape
Alley in the South Eastern side of the zoo.
Take a stroll to our cheetah slopes and visit Africa's
fastest carnivore. Along the way you can also meet the
African Wild Dog and newly introduced Ethiopian Jackal.
Cheetah Slopes can be found by following Gorilla Walk
past Amazonia, adjacent to the Temple of the Ancients on
the eastern side of the zoo.
Visit the reptile which has outlasted the dinosaurs, the
Nile crocodile in our outdoors and indoors enclosures.
Other reptiles housed include the Rock Monitor Lizard.
Remember in summer to catch the Croc feeding times.
Crocodile Country can be found by taking Memorial
Boulevard north and then turn left onto African Avenue.
Something fun for both children and parents, visit our
education centre and get up close and personal to lions,
tigers and polar bears. Fortunately these animals are
stuffed and wonderful as educational tools for school
visits and fun photos. The Education centre is open on
The Education Centre can be found on
the south western side of the zoo. Take Lemur Trail and
turn left onto Seal Street. Turn left again on Cat Walk
and the building is on your right.
Children can visit the farm yard where they can see and
touch friendly farm animals such as Nguni and Bapedi
Sheep. There are very small to giant breeds such as
Shetland pony and Shire horse. Children can also play on
the zoo's play ground gyms.
The Farm Yard can be
found opposite the Bandstand, very close to the zoo�s
Upper Park Drive entrance.
Meet some of the worlds most unusual primates found only
in Madagascar. Species on view in our renovated
enclosures include Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Crowned
Lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Red Bellied Lemur and Mongoose
Madagascar enclosure can be found just off
Lemur Trail in the central areas of the zoo.
At this newly built enclosure not only will you find
some scaly reptiles such as the venomous Puff Adder,
Green Mamba and Dwarf Crocodile but there are a host of
fresh water fish species and the interesting Pygmy Hippo
(an endangered species of hippo found in central Africa.
Reptile House can be found on the western side of the
zoo by following Seal Street and turning right onto Cat
Temple of the Ancients
The Zoo's newest state of the art enclosure which will
be launched in 2013.
This enclosure will house all things creepy crawly such
as various reptiles, amphibians and invertebrate
species. Watch out for information regarding the launch
of this amazing new exhibit!
Temple of the
Ancients can be found on the eastern side of the zoo.
Unfortunately it is not open to public visitors.