011 646 2000 | Home | Contact |    
Johannesburg Zoo


An impressive collection of animals from the Amazon Basin awaits you at Joburg Zoo: Arapima, Pacu, Gila Monster, Golden Poison Dart Frog, Anaconda, Brazilian Salmon are just a few. Read the full article here.

Map of the Zoo
Please click here to view directions and a map to the Zoo.
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. Click here for more info

Please click here to see the animals of the Zoo.

Farm Animals
Johannesburg Zoo has an interesting collection of farm animals, from small to giant breeds, indigenous and animals from abroad. The collection was arranged to contribute towards conservation of indigenous species and to provide zoo visitors with an interesting range of unfamiliar small and giant breeds that they will not ordinarily find at home or in the country. The collection provides visitors an opportunity to see and touch friendly farm animals.

Farm animals have a long history with man, even though human ancestors were hunters and gatherers for many years, and they changed to farming because of mainly fluctuations in the climate. Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated from wolves 10 000 BC, followed by sheep and goats around 7000 BC in the Near East and cattle followed around 6000 BC in the Near East (Maree & Casey 1993:6). These animals have since become part of cultural heritage and a strong traditional bond for both communal and personal lives of the southern Africans. They provide food security and all the essential animal protein nutrients to the millions around the world. They are also source of income for others. They are usually hardy animals, especially adapted to traditional husbandry practices and harsh local conditions. Some have remarkable qualities and are well adapted to resist hostile weather, ravaging pestilence and poor diets.

The zoo collection consists of chickens: Buff Orpington and Black Australorp chicken, Ducks ; Indian Runner, Call, Crested duck, Chinese Goose, Vietnamese Pot-bellied pigs, Horses: Shetland pony and Shire draught horse, sheep: Bapedi and Zulu sheep and Nguni cattle.

Animals also have rights.

Animals have rights too, which entitles them to good husbandry and veterinary care. This includes healthy diets, appropriate veterinary care, such as annual vaccinations, deworming, regular health checks and immediate care in the event of pain or injury. Included also is proper accommodation and protection from weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold and thunderstorms. Every effort must be made to provide a correct diet, with appropriate nutritive value, quantity, quality and variety, appropriate to the species age, size, physiological, reproductive and health status. Fresh, clean drinking water should be available at all times. Veterinary or other specialist advice in all aspects of nutrition should be obtained and followed. Click here for more information >>

Please click here to see more animals at the Zoo

Animals of the Amazon
Please click here for more info.
Feeding Times
Please click here to see our Zoo Feeding Times.
Johannesburg Zoo
Copyright 2016 Johannesburg Zoo                                                                                                                                                                 Back to Top
Information manuals