This zoo is home to 2,200 individuals from over 315 species in 13.5 hectares and is visited every year by more than 1 million people. It was also once the home of Snowflake, the famous albino gorilla who is the only known albino gorilla so far, and was the most popular resident of the Barcelona Zoo in Spain. Snowflake sadly past away in November 2003 at the age of 39 years old.
To mark the zoo’s 120th anniversary, Barcelona Zoo is planning a full and varied program of events so that young and old can celebrate this milestone and share in the memories of this long history.
Barcelona Zoo today is an educating, awareness-raising, pioneering and benchmark zoo in the Mediterranean that is firmly committed to combating the global threats to biodiversity and to promoting sustainability.
The Zoo is facing the future prepared for the new challenges with the strong desire to continue in its role as a benchmark and cornerstone in the defence and conservation of biodiversity, basic concepts set out in the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy.
In 1892 the wealthy banker Lluís Martí Codolar offered his collection of exotic and native animals to the city of Barcelona. The mayor of Barcelona at the time, Manuel Porca i Tió, approved the acquisition of the animals and their exhibition at a publicly-owned site, Park of the Ciutadella, location of the Universal Exhibition of 1888.
Opening Time: ticket offices and the Zoo facilities open at 10.00 am
Ticket Office Closing Times:
• January 1st 5:30pm
• March 29th to May 15th 7:00pm
• May 16th to Sept 15th 8:00pm (June 5th – 6:30pm)
• Sept 16th to October 31th 7:00pm
• October 25th to December 31st 5:30pm
• December 25th Open Until Midday