Best Zoos You Can Visit in Istanbul

Trying to watch wild animals in their natural habitat can be dangerous! Therefore, people go to the Zoo. The parks in the zoo concept are actually very harmful places for them since the animals do not have a natural habitat. To expose a wild animal, keeping it closed in a cage and displaying it to people actually means tormenting the wild animal. However, some varieties of Istanbul zoo parks try to ensure that wild animals live in the conditions closest to their natural habitat. We researched and wrote a few of these parks and Istanbul zoo park for you:

1. Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanic Park

Faruk Yalcin Zoo and Botanic Park, which is open 365 days a year, including public holidays, opened in 1998. For nearly 30 years, visitors have been going here. There are over 3000 animals of over 250 species in the zoo. The most diverse zoo in our country. Faruk Yalcin Zoo, the country’s first zoo to become a full member of the EAZA (European Zoo and Aquariums Association), also acts as a wildlife conservation and rescue center licensed by the Ministry of Forestry in the Marmara Region. There are 62 endangered animal species in the garden. It also undertakes the protection of 52 animal species that require a critical level of protection. It also protects 16 Anatolian species that are at risk of extinction. There are also more than 400 plant species in the garden. The number of plants grown is more than 8000. You need a minimum of 3 hours to walk inside. It is forbidden to bring food or drinks from outside. It is forbidden to feed animals. You cannot enter with your pet. At the end of the trip, you can become the foster family of an animal and you can bear all the expenses for a year or a few years. The park is open from 10.00 to 18.00. You can buy items from the park’s gift shop. The park is located in an area close to Kocaeli. On the Gebze – Halkalı Marmaray train line, you can get off at Osmangazi station and go to the park.

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Open Hours: 10:30 – 17:00
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0262) 653 66 66

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2. Park of Istanbul (POI)

Would you like to see many animal species together, have a picnic, and participate in adrenaline-filled nature activities? You should go to the Park of Istanbul. The zoo has a large number of mammals, poultry and reptiles. POI also has a Pony Club and horse riding areas for children and adults. If you feel hungry, you also have the opportunity to feed yourself in POI restaurants and cafes. You can relieve your tiredness in the buffet and tea garden, and enjoy the hookah area. You can barbecue in the picnic area, at the barbecues offered by POI. All of the picnic materials such as barbecue, plates, forks, and knives are provided from POI. You can complete your pleasant day by drinking the tea made in the samovar after the meal.

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Open Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0216) 363 44 44

3. Jungle Istanbul

There is a large zoo on the entrance floor of Isfanbul. There are nearly 400 animals of 100 species in the park. You can watch interesting creatures from tropical fish to arthropods, reptiles, mammals, and birds. Jungle Istanbul has completed membership applications to WAZA and IUCN and is waiting to be finalized. It prepares special environments for the animals whose habitats are restricted and cannot reproduce in their natural habitats and tries to ensure that these species continue. You can join a safari where you can play laser tag in an area that is prepared with only lightings in a completely dark environment. In Dungeon, you can start an adventure completely wrapped in fear and adrenaline. When buying a ticket, you can only buy a zoo, safari or dungeon, or buy package tickets, all of which you can enter.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0212) 600 01 79

4. Istanbul Dolphinarium

There are not only dolphins here. You can also watch white whales, walruses and northern sea bears (with feathered seals). The guides, who also provide information about marine mammals, also give detailed explanations about keeping nature and seas clean. The show starts with the northern sea bears. A male and a female sea bear, after performing in the pool, the large walrus comes to the pool. Sea walrus, which makes very sporty and agile movements, excites people. Sea walrus showcase their talent. In the middle of the show, you have the chance to watch the white whale. You can watch the whale dance in the water. At last but not least: You can watch the dolphins show. They dance, jump through hoops, hit the balls hanging in the air by throwing them in the back. It is a nice environment for those who enjoy watching all of the acrobatic movements.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 Closed on Mondays
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0212) 581 78 78

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5. Emaar Aquarium

There is a completely different world under the water. If you do not have the opportunity to get to know underwater corals and different underwater creatures by diving with a snorkel and diving mask, you have the opportunity to examine in Emaar Aquarium. In Emaar Aquarium, where there is also a tunnel aquarium, you can see 200,000 kinds of underwater creatures of 200 species. In their thematic sections, you can watch underwater creatures such as sharks and stingrays living on rocky shores in their special section. There are many creatures, from sharks living in coastal areas to sea spiders living in dark areas of underwater. You will be enchanted in a coral reef in the tunnel 3.5 meters below the surface. In Emaar Aquarium, you can watch underwater creatures as well as penguins, crocodiles, red-cheeked turtles and piranhas.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0850) 290 80 90

6. Lion Park

There is a park in Tuzla where big cats stroll. Here you can watch the lions. You can feed baby lions. The big cats in the park, which are organized according to EAZA standards, are also made up of species that cannot live in their natural habitat. Lions were brought from various parts of Europe, from countries such as the Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Malta, and Swiss centers were obtained by obtaining CITES certificates. Especially in the park where the lions born and lived in other zoos were brought, special environments were prepared for all kinds of big cats. Get ready to watch very fascinating species such as White Lion, Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, cougar, lynx, black panther.

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Open Hours: 12:00 – 20:00
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0216) 560 18 00

7. Polonezköy Zoo

Polonezköy is a large area including a natural park, country club, and zoo. You can see the animals in their natural life in the park in Polonezköy on the Anatolian side. You can spend time with non-wild animals around you. You also have the opportunity to have a picnic. We recommend you to go on weekdays. This is not really a zoo. It is a natural habitat where you will spend time with the animals living in the region.

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Open Hours: 09:00 – 18:30
Location: View on Google Maps
Phone Number: (0541) 432 30 55

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