Zoo and Wildlife Parks in Portugal
The Portuguese capital is famous for its food, architecture and warm weather. But it is also a haven for European wildlife. Lisbon boasts one of the longest histories, warmest climates and most bustling nightlife of any major European city. But its dramatic location sprawled along seven hills overlooking the river Tagus and Portugal’s west coast means that nature is never far away.
Lisbon, the biggest city in Portugal, has a lot of things to offer to tourists and locals alike. In addition to the captivating historical sites and natural tourist destinations that should not be missed in the city, another must-see is Lisbon Zoo, or Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa, a place that definitely speaks of how the city values nature and life. Kids love zoos, and a day out in the Jardim Zoológico provides hours of entertainment for all the family. Look out for the white tigers!
Lisbon Zoo was established in 1884 and is now one of the best zoological collections in the world. Located in Sete Rios, Quinta das Laranjeiras, the Zoo covers 16 hectares of land, housing over 2,000 animals, reptiles and birds from more than 300 species. The Zoo was established to promote conservation, and reproduction of endangered species, including zebras, tigers, kangaroos, elephants, crocodiles, flamingos, hippos and so much more.
Discover countless species of birds and several dozen dolphins amid marshes, sandbanks, rice paddies and a vast area of woods and reed plantations. Here you can find countless species of birds and several dozen dolphins amid marshes, sandbanks, rice paddies and a vast area of woods and reed plantations. This conservation area is also home to several threatened species, such as the black bat and otter.
Discover the south bank of the Tagus. In this large area, decide what you want to find and set off in search of nature, close to Lisbon, in the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo. The Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo and Mar da Palha (Straw Sea) represent the largest wetlands in Portugal, with sizeable areas of mud and marshes. Various migratory birds rest here on their long flights and some species make these areas, which alter with the tides, into their home all year long.