The history of the zoo
The zoo was founded in 1892 when Lluís Martí Codolar, a banker at the time, offered his animal collection to the Barcelona City Council. The latter accepted them and created the Barcelona Zoo in the Ciutadella Park, appointing Francesc Darder, naturalist, taxidermist and animal lover, as its keeper and director.
Over the years, the zoo grew and some animals had to be sold at auction because it was not possible to maintain the zoo at first, which was considered a place of recreation and entertainment.
The zoo is currently home to some 2,200 animals distributed among more than 315 species and in an area of 13.5 hectares. It is one of the most visited places with more or less one million visitors per year.
Currently, like all other zoos in the world, its objectives and challenges are changing because, if previously zoos were spaces where you could see the animals, now they need to bring these animals closer to the people and, although not all, they want to turn zoos into a family leisure space where you can go and enjoy a day surrounded by nature and vegetation.
How to get to the zoo
Barcelona Zoo is open every day of the year, although it has certain closing times that depend on when you are there. It opens at 10am and closes between 4:30pm and 8pm depending on the year. There are also sessions with animals, such as dolphins, which have their own hours and you can check them at the ticket office.
Price: adults 21,40 €. Children from 3 to 12 years old 12,95 €.
Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona