Emirates Park Zoo

About Emirates Park Zoo

One of the UAE’s most prominent wildlife attractions, the Emirates Park Zoo is among Abu Dhabi’s most famous family hotspots. Home to more than 1,700 animals of numerous diverse species brought from habitats spread all over the world, the zoo is a wildlife lover’s paradise. From majestic lions and tigers to the mighty elephants and hippopotamuses, Emirates Park Zoo wildlife includes all kinds of animals in a collection that rivals actual jungle experiences.Due to the conservation efforts of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi, it is home to several rare and endangered species that are difficult to spot even in their natural habitats. And if merely looking at animals is not an experience that interests you, don’t worry, as this unique zoo allows visitors to have real-life interactions with its wild residents. From feeding the animals to clicking pictures with them, you can even have meals with elephants, giraffes and leopards at the zoo. A perfect destination for a family day out, Emirates Park Zoo also has children’s play areas and enchanting dining options to make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.

Why You Should Visit Emirates Park Zoo?

Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi is among the most popular wildlife experiences in the UAE and is one of Abu Dhabi’s most visited destinations. The wild residents of the zoo range from docile farm animals like goats and ducks to the icons of the jungle like lions and giraffes. With a vision to bring humans closer to wildlife, the zoo allows visitors to interact and even feed the animals. From unique experiences like having meals surrounded by Emirates Park Zoo animals to adventure activities like zip lining, the zoo has it all. The zoo also has some rare and endangered wild creatures that are difficult to spot even in their native regions.

Things to Do at Emirates Park Zoo

Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi is a one-of-its-kind experience where you can meet and interact with various animal and bird species from across the world. What makes Emirates Park Zoo special are the numerous activities and interactive sessions organised by the zoo to make the experience more enjoyable for visitors and bring them closer to the Emirates Park Zoo wildlife. Visitors get to learn valuable information about the animals from their caretakers during special feeding sessions. One can even enjoy meals surrounded by the majestic wild residents of the zoo like elephants, giraffes and leopards. Adventurous activities like zip lining for the thrill seekers and playgrounds for young children have also been provided to cater to visitors of all age groups, making Emirates Park Zoo an unmatched family-friendly attraction.

Experience the Thrill at Zoo Zip & Climb

“Zoo Zip & Climb” at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi offers you the enthralling opportunity to experience an aerial adventure in the wild. The aerial play park sprawls across the zoo’s two zones, the Bird Park and Petting Zoo. With more than fifty elevated hurdles spread through two aerial adventure circuits, the experience is guaranteed to make your heart race. If you are an amateur, you would get to climb up to the tropical birds, and for the experienced ones, the adventure extends to the Petting Zoo and ends with a zip line.

Enjoy Your Leisure Time by Playing Fun Games

If you need to catch a break but your little ones are too energetic to relax for a while, head over to the “Fun Games” section at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. A perfect play area for young children, “Fun Games” provides the environment for engaging social interactions among kids and is a safe space to play around with new friends. Let your kids run wild as they jump around, run, climb and slide on the hundred machines and five huge rides in this exciting zone. A children’s salon, gaming arcade, and a nursery for children have also been provided to ensure the little ones are entertained throughout their Emirates Park Zoo tour.

Get Insights into Keeper’s Talk

The animal keepers at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi are eager to welcome you and your loved ones to indulge in an unmatched edutainment experience at their unique zoo. Listen to the keepers as they impart valuable information and share their knowledge about the wild residents of the zoo. The Emirates Park Zoo wildlife you would learn about in “Keeper’s Talk” includes giraffes, bears, cheetahs, leopards, tigers, lions, otters, raccoons, vultures, and hyenas.

Enjoy Morning Breakfast with Parrots

Imagine having a sumptuous breakfast surrounded by parrots, the most intelligent of tropical birds. You can indulge in this interesting activity at the “Breakfast with Parrots'' experience of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. Head to the zoo early in the morning to share the day’s first meal with the birds as you click enthralling pictures with your feathered companions. Learn all there is to know from their trainers as you munch on delicacies of your choice.

Watch Big Cat Brunch

Head to this first-of-its-kind experience in the Middle East where you can enjoy meals with one of the biggest cats around. “Big Cat Brunch” is a unique opportunity to have brunch with a leopard and witness an enrichment session with the lions of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. Click some epic pictures with your newest brunch companion as the leopard keeper quenches your curiosity by answering all your questions about the big cat.

Go for Dinner with Elephants

Meet Madu and Rada, the popular rescue elephants of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi in this first-of-its-kind experience in the Middle East. Relish sumptuous meals of your choice under the night sky surrounded by the gentle giants of the jungle. “Dinner with Elephants” also includes views of the entire herd of these Emirates Park Zoo animals, with whom you can click some amazing pictures to take away as souvenirs.

Wake Up and Enjoy Breakfast with Giraffes

If you have ever dreamt of having breakfast sitting next to wild animals, make your wild dreams a reality with the “Breakfast with Giraffes” experience of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. Indulge in a delicious morning meal as you sit amidst tall giraffes and click memorable pictures with them. Enjoy African drumming and music as you chat with the knowledgeable giraffe trainers. The unique experience also includes feeding sessions of other zoo herbivores like zebras, hippos, camels, donkeys and llamas.

Must Experience Elephant Feeding

Among the most intelligent Emirates Park Zoo animals are the mighty elephants, whom you can meet and even feed during the zoo’s “Elephant Feeding” sessions. These majestic creatures are herbivores and live on a plant-based diet at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi that includes roots, grasses, tree bark, small plants, twigs, fruits, and bushes. Since they spend almost 80% of their day feeding, help them eat their favourite fruits and vegetables by placing them directly on their long trunks in this exciting activity.

Give a Treat to Your Eyes While Hippo Feeding

Hippos are the most popular and most photographed among Emirates Park Zoo wildlife. Meeting these colossal beings is a memorable experience in itself, which is further enhanced by the Emirates Park Zoo’s special “Hippo Feeding” sessions. Interact up close with these Emirates Park Zoo animals as you feed them their special herbivorous diet of healthy vegetables under the watchful supervision of their trained zoo keepers.

Get ready to Feed Monkeys

Witness the scientifically-proven connection between humans and apes as these witty animals go about their daily activities at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. The special “Feed Monkeys” sessions are a fascinating peek into the lives and minds of the smart little monkeys that reside in Emirates Park Zoo. Interact with the monkeys as you feed them their favourite nuts at this fun activity.

Duck Feeding

If you and your loved ones are intrigued by the antics of our feathered friends, then the “Duck Feeding” sessions of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi need to be on your itinerary. Meet the ducks, one of the most sought-after Emirates Park Zoo animals, and interact with them in fun sessions conducted throughout the day. Feed them their favourite diet under the careful supervision of zoo keepers at this unique activity.

Show Your Affection by Goat Feeding

Among the most adorable members of the Emirates Park Zoo wildlife, meet the baby lambs and goats at the remarkable “Goat Feeding” sessions of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. These little creatures get all their energy and nutrition from milk as they are still too young to feed on plants, hence the zoo keepers feed them their requisite diet from milk bottles. Join the adorable process at these sessions and experience a new side of the animal kingdom.

Enjoy Interactive Sessions

Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi has unique species of animals and birds brought in from across the world, and visitors are welcome to interact with them in the “Interaction Sessions” that are organised throughout the day. Meet the inhabitants of the zoo as they go about their day and learn more about them with the help of the zoo keepers who take special care of the Emirates Park Zoo wildlife.

Top Animal Zones at Emirates Park Zoo

Wildlife Walk

Meet some of the animal world’s wildest inhabitants at the Wildlife Walk of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. Walk through a 200-metre air-conditioned indoor walkway as you witness lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, elephants, and many more Emirates Park Zoo animals. Indulge in thrilling activities like Big Cat Brunch, Tiger Tug of War, Lion Feeding, and Elephant Feeding and interact with the wild residents of the zoo.Animals – Arabian Oryx, Scimitar-horned Oryx, Rhim Gazelles, Axis Deer, Rhea Fallow Deer, Blackbuck, Asian Elephant, White Bengal Tiger, Siberian Tiger, Cheetah Amur, Leopard, African Lion, Addax, and Eland Gemsbok.

Primate Parade

The residents of Primate Parade belong to one of the most diverse animal kingdom groups, one that has more than 300 species prevalent across the world. Meet the species closest to humans in this Emirates Park Zoo animal zone as you interact with numerous species of monkeys, baboons, and other apes.Animals – Blue monkey, Vervet monkey, Hamdryas baboon, Patas monkey, Bonnet monkey, Tufted Capuchin, Mandrill, Squirrel monkey, Common Marmoset, and White-headed capuchin.

Reptile House

Among the most-feared members of the animal kingdom and even of Emirates Park Zoo wildlife, Reptile House is home to numerous species of reptiles, known as air-breathing, cold-blooded vertebrates. Meet snakes, crocodiles, iguanas, huge lizards, turtles, tortoises and other reptiles as you explore this Emirates Park Zoo animal zone.Animals – Ball python, Nile crocodiles, Carpet pythons, Red iguana, Blue iguana, Green iguana, Desert Monitor, Black and White tegu, Spiny-tailed lizard, Blue-tongued skink, Fat-tailed gecko, Chinese striped neck turtle, Red-footed tortoise, Horse-field tortoise, Indian Star tortoise, African spurred tortoise and many more.

Petting Zoo

With city life becoming increasingly farther from nature, most children have never even met a real animal, a sad reality Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi attempts to change with its Petting Zoo. This animal zone in the zoo allows visitors to interact and pet the various animals in safe surroundings guided by trained zoo keepers. The animals residing here are some of the most harmless species, so there is no chance of any untoward incidents.Animals – Brazilian Tapir, Warthog, Tortoise, Fallow Deer, Sika Deer, Patagonian Mara, Indian Crested Porcupine, Goats, Sheep, Rabbits, Nutria, Geese, and Ducks.

Animal Paradise

If you think a zoo only has the wildest inhabitants of the jungle residing within its premises, Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi’s Animal Paradise will change that notion. Children get an amazing opportunity to learn about farm life as they explore and meet the residents of this zone. This Emirates Park Zoo animal zone has some of the most domesticated and docile animals in the animal world and allows you to meet and closely interact with them. Animals – Common hippo, Alpaca, Llama, Nile crocodile, Dromedary camel, Miniature horse, Pony, Donkey, Dexter cow, and Holstein cow.

Snake Alley

Meet the famous and equally poisonous members of the animal kingdom, the notorious snakes at Emirates Park Zoo animal zone of Snake Alley. Witness the slithering creatures go about their daily activities in their habitat and click some fascinating pictures. Gain valuable knowledge about the creatures from the trained zoo keepers who take care of these reptile residents of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. You can also meet some massive crocodiles on your tour of this zone.Animals – Reticulated python, Carpet python, Ball python, and Nile crocodiles.

Meet the Wildlife at Emirates Park Zoo

Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi is a paradise for animal lovers and is home to hundreds of animals brought in from all over the world. From predator wildcats like lions and tigers to gentle herbivores like zebras and giraffes, the diversity of Emirates Park Zoo wildlife is unmatched. Meet intelligent primates who demonstrate why apes are considered our ancestors and interact with our vibrant feathered companions. For those interested in learning more about reptiles and creepy crawlies, Emirates Park Zoo houses several species of scary animals as well. And if you are curious about anything you witness, ask the zoo keepers, who would love to share their knowledge with you.


The wildcats of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi range from the mighty lions and regal tigers to agile leopards and sharp jaguars. These carnivorous species are severely threatened in the wild due to rampant hunting and poaching activities, hence the zoo attempts to conserve and protect them in their natural surroundings on the premises. Known as the most dangerous predators of the jungle, visitors can interact and even engage in numerous activities with these magnificent Emirates Park Zoo animals.

Must See – Lion, Tiger, Amur Leopard, Black Jaguar.


Meet some of the most widely-recognised herbivorous animals of the wild and of the farms at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. Meet with zebras, giraffes, elephants, hippopotamuses, goats, and camels and observe their unique characteristics and habits. You can also learn more about them from the trained zoo keepers who take care of the Emirates Park Zoo animals. Numerous interactive sessions and activities are also organised to bring visitors closer to the wild inhabitants of the zoo.Must See – Zebra, Giraffe, Scimitar-Horned Oryx, Asian Elephant, Hippopotamus, Goat, Dromedary Camel, Brazilian Tapir.


Primates can mean any mammals from a group of more than 300 species, including humans and our closest ancestors, the apes. The primates at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi include some of the smartest creatures of the animal kingdom, like monkeys, baboons and other apes. Meet and interact with these human-like animals and even indulge in interactive activities with them at the zoo. Some species, like the mandrill, are endangered in the wild and efforts are being made by Emirates Park Zoo to conserve them.Must See – Mandrill and Tufted Capuchin.


Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi is home to numerous colourful and vibrant species of the feathered members of the animal kingdom. The birds have been brought in from all across the world, allowing visitors to witness rare and endangered species that are hard to spot in the wild. Meet and interact with these sky-hopping residents of the zoo as you engage in fun activities with them.Must See – African Grey Parrot, Greater Flamingo, Harris Hawk, Southern Ground Hornbill, Golden Eagle, and Blue and Yellow Macaw.


Meet the most infamous and scary members of the animal kingdom as you explore the reptile collection of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. From simple creatures like tortoises and turtles to poisonous pythons and deadly crocodiles, reptiles from all across the world can be found at this Middle Eastern Zoo. Meet the Emirates Park Zoo animals and learn valuable information about them from the trained zoo keepers who care for them at the zoo.Must See – African Spurred Tortoise, Nile Crocodile, Python, and Green Iguana.


Among the most popular animals in the world, bears have eight different species, one of which can be found in Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi. The large creatures sustain on an omnivorous diet and have a remarkable sense of smell. Although their soft toy versions make them seem harmless, bears are exceptionally strong predators that can be found in habitats as diverse as deserts to high mountains. Meet them and learn all there is to know about them from the knowledgeable zoo keepers at Emirates Park Zoo.Must See – Eurasian Brown Bear

Know Before You Go Emirates Park Zoo

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Essential Information
  • Witness the magical diversity of the animal world as you meet more than 1,700 animals, both wild and farm-based, brought in at Emirates Park Zoo from all across the world.
  • Interact with the animals and feed them as part of the various interactive activities organised for the visitors by the zoo.
  • Indulge in unique adventure activities and let the kids run wild at the special play areas on a family day out.
  • Relish sumptuous meals while surrounded by the Emirates Park Zoo wildlife as you participate in first-of-their-kind sessions like Breakfast with Parrots and Dinner with Elephants.
  • Unmatched entertainment awaits visitors at the special magic show and traditional African music performance at Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi.

The Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi is located on 12th Street, Al Bahyah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. You can reach here via public transport or by car and taxi.

Via Public Transport: The nearest bus stations to Emirates Park Zoo are St 12/ ADDC, St 17/Emirates Park Zoo and St 6/Al Shahama School. The bus routes 202, 210, 218, 225, and 410 stop at the various bus stations near the zoo.

By Car/Taxi: If you are coming from Dubai, head on the Sheikh Zayed Road/ E11 and take the Al Shahama exit. If you are coming from Abu Dhabi, head on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street/ E10 and take the exit towards New Shahama/ Emirates Park Zoo and continue on Al Sinad Street till you reach the Emirates Park Zoo location.

  • It is mandatory to show a valid photo identity at the entrance of Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi.
  • You are allowed to feed animals only under the supervision of Emirates Park Zoo staff.
  • Show timings cannot be altered or postponed, hence it is recommended that you reach on time.
  • Carrying sharp objects, alcohol, inflammable substances, and luggage bags is strictly prohibited on Emirates Park Zoo premises.
  • It is important to pay attention to the instructor’s guidelines before and after the Emirates Park Zoo activity.
  • As the activity is conducted under time constraints, it is advised that participants reach the venue at least 30 minutes before the commencement of their chosen time slot.

Emirates Park Zoo Location is at 12th Street, Al Bahyah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Emirates Park Zoo Timings vary through the week, with the zoo opening from 9 AM to 8 PM from Tuesdays to Thursdays and from 8 AM to 9 AM on Fridays to Mondays and public holidays. The timings are subject to change; thus, it is recommended that you check them online before you visit Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi.It is also recommended that you plan your visit according to the feeding and riding sessions of the various Emirates Park Zoo animals. The sessions are conducted at various times throughout the day.

The Best Time to Visit Emirates Park Zoo is during the late afternoon hours. The animals of the zoo take naps and rest through mid-day, and can be spotted moving around during the late afternoon. It is recommended that you visit on the weekdays instead of the weekends and holidays, as the crowds are lesser on weekdays and you would be able to explore Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi at leisure. The best time to visit the city is from September to March when the weather is at its most pleasant and is ideal to explore outdoor attractions like the Emirates Park Zoo.

FAQs Related To Emirates Park Zoo

What is so special about Emirates Park Zoo?

One of the most popular family attractions of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Park Zoo is an unmatched peek into the world of animals. Home to more than 1,700 animals belonging to diverse species from all over the world, the zoo allows visitors to not only see but also interact with the wild inhabitants. Adventure activities like zip lining and fun activities for kids are also organised, and so are entertainment activities like a magic show and a traditional African music performance. Visitors can feed the animals during various feeding sessions conducted throughout the day, and even have meals surrounded by the Emirates Park Zoo wildlife.

What are the types of animals at Emirates Park Zoo?

Emirates Park Zoo animals belong to numerous species that come from all across the world. Visitors can meet wildcats like lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, and interact with intelligent primates like monkeys and mandrills. You can witness some of the most vibrant bird species like the parrots, flamingos and eagles and spot the most popular creatures of the wild like zebras and giraffes. Reptiles like turtles and tortoises are accompanied by the more dangerous snakes like pythons and crocodiles, while docile animals like goats, alpacas, and even cows can be found in Emirates Park Zoo Abu Dhabi.

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Can we bring our own food to the park?

Outside food is not permitted in Emirates Park Zoo premises to ensure that the wild residents of the zoo do not eat something harmful to their health. Several food outlets have been provided inside the zoo for visitors to quench their hunger and spend memorable time with their loved ones.

How to reach Emirates Park Zoo from Dubai?

If you are coming from Dubai by car or taxi, head on the Sheikh Zayed Road/ E11 and take the exit towards Al Shahama. The ride takes approximately an hour, depending on traffic conditions.

When did Emirates Park Zoo open?

Emirates Park Zoo was Abu Dhabi’s first private zoo and was opened on a small scale as a feeding farm in 2008. By 2012, it was turned into a fully-functional public zoo and has been expanded and developed into one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Is there any band show to be conducted at Emirates Park Zoo?

The Emirates Park Zoo band performs traditional African music along with a magic show on all days of the week for visitors who wish to experience one-of-its-kind entertainment.

How many zoos are there in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is home to two zoos, the Al Ain Zoo which is the largest zoo in the Middle East, and the Emirates Park Zoo which is home to more than 1,700 animals of diverse species.


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