The Taipei Zoo is a public zoological garden in Taipei City and home to animals from Taiwan, Australia, Africa, the Asian tropical rainforest, the desert, and temperate zones. It may not be as famous as the London Zoo or the San Diego Zoo but it is the largest zoo in Asia, and a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.
One of the best things I like about the Taipei Zoo is how accessible it is. Hop on the metro and alight at Taipei Zoo Station (it can’t get any more obvious!) on the Wenshan-Neihu line (brown line). The zoo is just a few minutes walk from the metro station. For a mere NT60 (about USD2), you can buy yourself a ticket to explore 90 hectares of zoological fun.
Fun Fact: The Taipei Zoo originated as a private zoological garden in Yuan-shan in the northern suburbs of Taipei City established by a Japanese man surnamed Oe when Taiwan was still under Japanese sovereignty in 1914.
Today, the Taipei Zoo prides itself on being a leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation – don’t miss the adorable pandas and Taiwan natives Sika deer, black bears, and pangolin if you get a chance to visit the Taipei Zoo.