The Shanghai Zoo houses about 6,000 animals representing more than 600 species, some of which are uniquely native to China, such as the popular giant panda, golden monkey, blossom peacock and South China tiger. These animals are joined by various international neighbors, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins and the African chimpanzee.
The sprawling zoo offers electric shuttles that whisk you from one exhibit to the next in minutes, allowing you to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. The vast grounds are divided into five exhibition areas: Primates, Herbivores, Carnivores, Birds and Amphibians. With thousands of plants and trees, the zoo’s environmental landscape aims to simulate the animals’ natural environment as much as it can.
The Shanghai Zoo is particularly popular among families, and features a dedicated children's area with a petting zoo and pony rides. An information kiosk at the zoo’s entrance offers schedule details for animal shows and feeding times.
The zoo is located 2831 Hongqiao Road in Shanghai. To reach the site by public transport, take subway line 10 to the Shanghai Zoo stop. It’s also served by a number of bus routes.
Did You Know? The site of the Shanghai Zoo was originally a golf course, meaning it is a huge open green space not far from the city center. It is estimated that there are upwards of 100,000 trees at the zoo.