One of the best ways to spend an unforgettable day with the whole family in Helsinki is visiting the zoo.
There are 150 distinct animal species and an approximated 1,000 varieties of plant life at the Helsinki Zoo in Korkeasaari. Helsinki’s only zoo is home to animals from six continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America. Animals from warmer climates that need protection from Helsinki’s cold weather are housed in the zoo’s Africasia House.
Visitors can expect to see wild cats, forest reindeer and wolverines among the zoo’s European animal population. Asian animal life ranges from small reptiles in the Africasia House to large predatory cats. The dwarf mongoose, Egyptian tortoise and short-eared elephant shrew are some of the species from Africa housed by the zoo. Guests who are interested in viewing Australian animals will enjoy the red wallabies and emu. The Helsinki Zoo’s collection of animals from North and South America includes red deer, skunks, musk oxen, tropical birds and rare monkeys.
The Helsinki Zoo is proud of its work towards preserving endangered species. The zoo helps rebuild the population of animals, such as the lynx, with the goal of reintroducing them to the wild. Protecting natural habitats has been important to the Helsinki Zoo since it was founded, 120 years ago.
The zoo’s Wild Animal Shelter has provided care to injured animals since the zoo opened, except for when a dangerous virus was found among the bird population in the 1990s. The shelter is open year-round and treats animals from all parts of Finland. Approximately 40 percent of animals treated at the shelter are released back into the wild.
Visitors can travel to Korkesaari by boat during the summer. Boats leave from Kauppatori market place and Hakaniemi. The Zoo Bus runs year-round, from Helsinki’s Central Railway Station to the Helsinki Zoo, with the exception of Christmas Eve. There is a Metro station two km from the zoo and limited parking for guests who do not want to travel by boat or bus.
In summer (May to August): 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
In winter (October to March): 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
April and September: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The ticket booths close an hour before the zoo closing time.
Adults: By ferry (summer): 16 €, By land (winter): 10 €
Children under 6 years 0€, children 6-17 years: By ferry: 8 €, By land: 5 €
Helsinki Zoo on the map