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The Joburg Zoo has several modern animal exhibits and educational centres. To learn about some of main attractions read the short descriptions below. All directions are given from the Upper Park Zoo entrance.


Housing animal species found in the forests of the Amazon. Visit the slinky Spider Monkeys, curious Coatis, interesting Armadillos and gracious Pumas.
Amazonia can be found by following Gorilla Walk to Amazon Avenue on the eastern side of the zoo.

AngloGold Lion Enclosure

Visit Africa's symbol a beauty and power, the lion in our natural and open AngloGold Lion enclosures. The zoo houses 11 lions with 3 magnificent pride males and their pride females. The Zoo is also lucky to have rare white lions making up our lion pride.
AngloGold can be found by following Memorial Boulevard towards the war museum in the northern side of the zoo.

Ape House

Visit three of mankind's closest relatives, the chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan and observe their many human-like characteristics. All three species found at the zoo are sadly highly endangered in their natural habitats.

Our Chimpanzee troop is composed of our alpha male, numerous adult females, adolescent and infants. Their lives resemble that of a daily soap opera with ongoing drama and relationship issues.

The Ape house can be found next to Caf� Fino by taking Gorilla walk to Ape Alley in the South Eastern side of the zoo.

Cheetah Slopes

Take a stroll to our cheetah slopes and visit Africa's fastest carnivore. Along the way you can also meet the African Wild Dog and newly introduced Ethiopian Jackal.
Cheetah Slopes can be found by following Gorilla Walk past Amazonia, adjacent to the Temple of the Ancients on the eastern side of the zoo.

Crocodile Country

Visit the reptile which has outlasted the dinosaurs, the Nile crocodile in our outdoors and indoors enclosures. Other reptiles housed include the Rock Monitor Lizard. Remember in summer to catch the Croc feeding times.
Crocodile Country can be found by taking Memorial Boulevard north and then turn left onto African Avenue.

Education Centre

Something fun for both children and parents, visit our education centre and get up close and personal to lions and tigers. Fortunately these animals are stuffed and wonderful as educational tools for school visits and fun photos. The Education centre is open on weekdays only.
The Education Centre can be found on the south western side of the zoo. Take Lemur Trail and turn left onto Seal Street. Turn left again on Cat Walk and the building is on your right.

Farm Yard

Children can visit the farm yard where they can see and touch friendly farm animals such as Nguni and Bapedi Sheep. There are very small to giant breeds such as Shetland pony and Shire horse. Children can also play on the zoo's play ground gyms.
The Farm Yard can be found opposite the Bandstand, very close to the zoo�s Upper Park Drive entrance.


Meet some of the worlds most unusual primates found only in Madagascar. Species on view in our renovated enclosures include Black & White Ruffed Lemur, Crowned Lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Red Bellied Lemur and Mongoose Lemur.
Madagascar enclosure can be found just off Lemur Trail in the central areas of the zoo.

Reptile House

At this newly built enclosure not only will you find some scaly reptiles such as the venomous Puff Adder, Green Mamba and Dwarf Crocodile but there are a host of fresh water fish species and the interesting Pygmy Hippo (an endangered species of hippo found in central Africa.
Reptile House can be found on the western side of the zoo by following Seal Street and turning right onto Cat Walk.

Animal of the Amazon

The zoo's newest state of the art enclosure was launched in April 2014. The enclosure houses all things creepy crawly such as various reptiles, amphibians and invertebrate species.

Animal of the Amazon can be found on the eastern side of the zoo.

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