Also known as “Muzha Zoo,” Taipei Zoo is the largest zoo in Asia.
When it was founded as a private zoological garden by a Japanese citizen in 1914, the zoo was called Maruyama Zoo. It was only in 1946 when the Taipei government took over the property.
Another significant event etched in the history of the zoo was the offering of two pandas named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan (meaning “reunion”) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This gesture of unity in 2008 was dubbed “panda diplomacy.”
The zoo spans 165 hectares, and only 90 hectares are open to the public. If you are planning to go to Taipei Zoo, be prepared to be fascinated by all sorts of wildlife here, from koalas and penguins to pandas and butterflies. There are domestic animals, and others came from places like Australia, Africa, and Asian tropical rainforest.
Taipei Zoo Address
30號, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11656
Taipei Zoo Hours
Taipei Zoo is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, but they do not accept visitors after 4 PM. The indoor and outdoor animals exhibit starts at 9 AM and closes at 4:30 PM.
Taipei Zoo Entrance Fees
General admission – NT$60
Under 18 or Student (WITH ID) – NT$30
Preschool, Handicapped, or ARC – FREE
How to get there
If you are traveling by MRT, you need to take the MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line and then get off at Taipei Zoo Station. The station is also near the famous Maokong Gondola.
If you get off at Taipei City Hall Station via the MRT Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng Line, you can take bus route G1, BR18 or BR21 to Taipei Zoo.
Inside Taipei Zoo
There are shuttle trains and buses inside the zoo. The station is located beside Koala House. A single ride costs NT$5 (exact change). Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM.
Shuttle Train Station ←→ Bird World Station
Bird World Station ←→ Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo South Station (Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Indoor Display Areas
Insectarium – Prepare to see lots of butterflies, a Lan-Hsu giant katydid, beetles, and nocturnal insects.
Amphibian and Reptile House – Expect iguanas, the Aldabra giant tortoise, frogs, and snakes.
Penguin House – Enjoy watching the king and African penguins in the house.
Koala House – The koalas you will see came from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Education Center – Also called “Animal Ecology and Dinosaur Museum,” it is made of a zoo library, auditorium, hands-on museum, and exhibits that feature Asian Animals, Prehistoric Animals, Natural Ecology Conservation, Lin Wang / Asian Elephant Exhibition, and Taipei Zoo History.
Xinguang Special Exhibit House (Giant Panda House) – Note that only 400 people are allowed to enter Exhibit House every 10 minutes.
Outdoor Display Areas
Formosan Animal Area – Some of the stars of the area are sika deer, Asiatic black bear, Chinese pangolin, and wild boar.
Children’s Zoo – Children will be happy to see ducks, geese, goats, donkeys, and rabbits.
Asian Tropical Rainforest Area – Be fascinated with the monkeys, jaguars, poison dart frogs, capybaras, and siamangs.
Desert Animal Area – Visitors will find antelopes and camels freely moving in this area.
Australian Animal Area – Say hello to kangaroos, emus, and cassowaries.
African Animal Area – This 6-hectare area simulates the East African savanna and houses large animals. It features a pond with nearby shady trees and bushes and drinkable water. Visitors can expect lions and leopards resting under the shade.
Temperate Zone Animal Area – Displayed here are the lesser panda, lynx, bears and wild horses.
Bird World – This four-hectare area houses 130 species and 1,200 birds.
In case you are tagging the entire fam along, you’d be glad to know that Taipei Zoo is a family-friendly place. They have wheelchairs and strollers available for rent; water fountains with warm and cold water; two nursing rooms for mothers; and bathrooms that are designed for the disabled.