7 Things to Know about Sao Paulo Zoo

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Source: Marinelson Almeida

The Sao Paulo Zoo was founded in June 1957. It is home to over 3,000 animals belonging to more than 300 different species. Right next to the zoo is also the Simba Safari which provides tours for those who are interested in viewing the animals.The zoo is also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest zoo in Brazil.

1. Great Place to Visit with your Family and Friends!

The Sao Paulo zoo is a great place to visit with your family and friends. If possible, try to visit it on weekdays because it can get very crowded during the weekends and certain holidays of the year. People of all ages especially the children will enjoy this memorable experience!

2. Unique and Loveable Animals

The unique and loveable animals are the main attraction of the Sao Paulo Zoo. Aside from the animals that are common in Brazil like the jaguars and cocks-of-the-rock (a bird unique to South America), there are others like the endangered snow leopards, spectacled bears, lion tamarins, bush dogs, condors and much more.

3. Dinosaur Exhibit

Another popular attraction of the Sao Paulo Zoo is the Dinosaur Exhibit. These ancient animals that once roamed the land million of years ago can now be seen in a safe and controlled environment. Of course was not talking about “real life dinosaurs” but real life replicas of them. Whether you’re familiar with dinosaurs or not, the dinosaur exhibit will amaze and surprise you!

4. Dinosaur Eggs Photo Booth

You’ll often find people taking pictures of their kids inside the “Dinosaur Eggs” that are found in the area of the Dinosaur Exhibit. This is one of the few places in the zoo where the young and old alike, can’t help themselves to stop and take a pose and smile at the camera.

5. Animal Breeding

The Sao Paulo Zoo is also one of the first institutions in Brazil to conduct recovery programs/breeding of endangered animals. The zoo is also recognized as a Category E institution by the (IBAMA) Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. They also shelter orphaned animals that are donated to the zoo from time to time.

6. Food Stalls

As you explore every nook and cranny of the Sao Paulo Zoo, you’ll realize that it is quite expansive (The size of the zoo is 824,229 m2). Because of this, you might find yourself feeling hungry as time goes on. Luckily, there are plenty of food stalls in the park that sells ready made snacks that you can enjoy when hunger strikes.

7. Souvenirs

For some people, a visit to the zoo is not complete unless they buy some souvenirs. These items that are exclusively found in the Sao Paulo Zoo are made with the theme of animals.   These souvenirs can also serve as gifts for those special people that are close to your heart!


  • Address: Avenida Miguel Estefano, 4241  Água Funda, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04301-905, Brazil
  • Phone: +55 11 5073 0811
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Ticket Price:
  • Adults or children over 12 years – R $ 30.00
    Children 6 to 12 years – R $ 10.00
    Children up to 5 years – Free
    Persons with disabilities – Free
  • Website: http://www.zoologico.com.br/

Have a good trip and travel!