The Rome Zoo, better known as the Biopark, was founded in 1911 and is one of the oldest and most important zoological gardens in Europe.
The Roman Zoo is right inside Villa Borghese and covers about 18 hectares. It has over 1000 animals from over 200 different species!
What started out as a place to collect wild and rare animals, the Biopark has now become an outlet for environmental education and animal awareness through its many events, exhibits and educational days for schools in Rome.
DIFFERENT AREAS AT THE BIOPARK
The Romam Zoo has had several facelifts over the last few years to create more space to house the animals. There are several areas that are dedicated to specific animals such as the The Wolves Den,the Giraffe House, the Valley of the Bears, The reptile house, The animal hospital and the Asian Lion area. There are also areas for rest and relaxation around the park such as the Oasis by the Lake, a family area with a theatre area, a bar with a picnic area, and another area called the Park Gallery which is full of games and activities for children. For the various events that takes place here such as shows, plays and theatre, the Elephant Room was designed as a multifunctional area.
ANIMALS AT THE BIOPARK
The Biopark plays host to a wide variety of animals that range from the tinniest of species to the very biggest in nature. Among the most well known animals at the Biopark, you'll be able to see: the Gecko from Madagascar, ducks, white swans, pink flamingos, yellow anacondas, the Japanese Macaco, chimpanzees, leopards, siberian tigers, lions, brown bears, antilopes, hippopotamuses, giraffes and many more!
If you'd like to know all the different species found at the zoo, check out the Biopark's website, in the section Scopri chi c'è, select an animal species, and you'll be able to see where its located on the map of the zoo.
The Rome Zoo organizes various activities for children such as the Centri Estivi del Bioparco (Biopark Summer Camp) where parents can drop their children off at the zoo in the mornings, and the children can learn about animals and nature. There's also an area at the zoo available for birthday parties, which is a great way to celebrate a birthday with friends, animals and nature!
VISITING THE BIOPARK
If you'd like to visit the Rome Zoo without missing any other attractions in the city, we suggest you follow one of the following itineraries:
Villa Borghese e Bioparco
Villa Borghese e San Lorenzo
Il Parco di Villa Borghese
The Zoo is open everyday except December 25th
From January 1st to March 23rd
09:30-17:00 (Monday to Sunday)
Last entrance at 16:00
From March 24 to October 23
Last entrance at 17:00
From October 29 to December 31
Last entrance at 16:00
From April 1st to September 30
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, AND HOLIDAYS ONLY
FROM 9:30 - 19:00
Last entrance at 18:00
Adults: 13,00 euro
Children over 1 m tall up to 12 years old: 11,00 euro
Children under 1 m tall: free
HOW TO GET TO THE BIOPARK
Tram: n° 19 - stop at 'Bioparco'
Bus: n° 3, 52, 53, 926, 217, 360, 910
Subway/Underground: Red line A, get off at 'Flaminio' or 'Spagna'
by car: get off the GRA (circular highway around Rome) at 'Salaria centro - Parioli'