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Korkeasaari Zoo

4.7.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Annika Sorjonen ja Mari Lehmonen / Korkeasaari Zoo
Korkeasaari Zoo

Visit the island of animals and contribute to protecting the nature and amazing animal species. 

Helsinki’s Zoo is situated on the Korkeasaari island and that’s why the zoo is called simply Korkeasaari. The zoo houses over a 1000 plant species and animals of 150 different species, including various mammals, birds and reptiles. Take a step into a tropical rainforest and meet monkeys and parrots in the Amazonia house. See some snakes, frogs, gundis and mongoose in the Africasia house, and get to know the natural wonders of cold mountain regions.

The Newest cat in town

Korkeasaari turns 130 years this year and to celebrate all these wonderful years they present 13 new species, each for every decade! One of the newcomers in the zoo is Amur leopard cat. This tiny, leopard-like spotted cat is a feisty species, originally from the Amur region in the Russian Far East. This individual came from a zoo in Czech Republic and the cat has already found its favourite place: A hammock made of old fire hoses!

See some kangaroos from eye to eye

Walk through the kangaroo enclosure and experience a close encounter with the red-necked wallabies. There are a few baby wallabies born every year, so you’ll have a good chance of spotting one peeking from a pouch. The kangaroo path is open 12-14 daily during summertime (subject to weather conditions).

Amazing Finnish animals

Get to know some of Finland’s best known and loved animals, e.g. wolverines, lynx, bears and moose! Head to the Korpi (Wilderness) area in the zoo and learn more about the creatures that wander the Finnish forests also in real life.

The first European forest reindeer fawn
The first European forest reindeer fawn

Conserving nature’s biodiversity

Korkeasaari is open every day of the year. By visiting Korkeasaari you’ll also contribute to protecting the nature. Korkeasaari supports conservation of nature’s biodiversity by caring for and breeding endangered species, and by educating the public. They also participate in returning rare species to the wild. For example all the European forest reindeer calves born in recent years participate the re-introduction project in Finland.

Enjoy the whole day

The whole zoo area is so full of things to do, so you better reserve enough time to explore everything. And remember to take a break and enjoy a meal in restaurant Karhu (bear) or restaurant Pukki (goat), or an ice cream at Café Hedvig just next to the lion enclosure.

Enjoy a ferry ride and the seaside views, ferries to the zoo depart from the Market Square and next to Hakaniemi Square. You can also take the bus number 16 from the Central Railway Station (platform 17) or travel by metro to Kalasatama and then take a nice 1,5 km walk to the island.
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