Odense Zoo is a small zoological garden located in Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city. The park opened in 1930 and 2013 received the “Best in Europe” award in its category.
The park has with a good variety of animals and habitats, 2,000 covering 147 species such as chimpanzee, monkeys, ring-tailed lemur, Siberian tiger, Grévy’s zebra, giraffe, red panda, West Indian manatee, ostrich, penguins, pink-backed pelican, greater flamingo, macaws and Aldabra giant tortoise. There’s even a large, indoor, tropical forest exhibit, complete with free roaming monkeys, surrounding a multi-level water feature with a family of manatees. In 2001, Odense Zoo inaugurated a DKK 60 million “Oceanium” featuring South American animal life, ranging from the Amazon Rainforest to Antarctica.
So being an award winning zoo our expectation were high. The entrance was a bit expensive (DKK170), but I figured that it will be worth it if it’s such an awesome zoo. It wasn’t as big as I expected, didn’t have as many animals as I expected, it didn’t seem to be one of the best Zoos in Europe. I don’t want to unfairly compare it to a Zoo in a huge city and the animals appear well looked after but the enclosure space was limited and interaction with the animals was not widely promoted.
Food wise, concessions options are higher class than what you’d get at most stateside zoos. You have everything from quaint cafes to full service restaurants, all of them well kept and with reasonable food prices for Danish standards. Staff is friendly and English fluent and there are translated signs all over the place.
An inner city zoo with lots of spirit and a nice atmosphere!. Definitely something that should be on your list if you’re in Odense.
By Carlos Canaes. 01/05/2017
Location: Søndre Blvd. 306, 5000 Odense C, Dennmark
Tickets Adults DKK 170
Opens all yearTop Rides
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