Did you know that there are more than 15 zoos in Nigeria? Over the years, zoos have become popular in Nigeria. With the introduction of both private and public zoos scattered throughout the country. Now you can watch those exotic animals you can only see on TV. This post focuses on the list of zoos in Nigeria.
definition of zoo
A zoo is a place where wild animals are kept for entertainment, research or educational purpose. Zoos are man-made habitats designed to house wildlife. These sanctuaries also serve as shelter and protection for endangered animals, rescued animals.
This post will list the zoos in Nigeria, their location and a little history about them.
Guide to visiting the zoo in Nigeria
- Wear smart dress, wear something comfortable. Sometimes this may include hiking or walking around the facility.
- Go to the zoo early so that you can leave early. This is because some zoos in Nigeria are located far away from the main city.
- Hold cash, most zoos in Nigeria do not accept transfers or have POS machines.
- Feed the animals. Some zoos offer treats that you can use to feed the animals. Most zoos in Nigeria prohibit feeding animals with food brought from home.
- Always follow the instructions of the tour guide. In the case where there is no tour guide, read the instructions.
- For your own good, go with breakfast and water. Some zoos do not have places where you can find some of these items.
- Do not disturb the animals. Also do not throw objects at animals. List of Zoos in Nigeria
Following is a list of zoos in Nigeria and their locations. This list includes both public and private zoos in Nigeria, the state in which it is located and the year it was established.
List of Zoos in Nigeria
- University of Ilorin Zoo, Ilorin, Quora State – 1984
- Audu Bako Zoo, Kano – 1971
- University of Ibadan Zoo, Ibadan Oyo State 1948
- Abuja Children’s Park and Zoo, Abuja 2001
- Jose Museum Zoo, Jose, Platua State 1945
- Ogba Zoo and Nature Park, Benin City, Edo State 1980
- Omu Resort Zoo
- Port Harcourt Zoo, Rivers State – 1974
- OOPL Wildlife Park
- Imo State Zoological Garden
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abokuta Zoological Park, Abokuta 2012ta
- Agoda Garden Zoo
- Sanda Kyarimi Zoo Maiduguri
- Original Garden Zoo, Ikorodu, Lagoso
- Nakede Zoo Oweri, Emo State 1976
- QBrat Zoo and Gardens, Badagry Lagos 2012
- Ahmadu Bello University Zoo, Zaria 1967
- Agodi Gardens and Zoo, Ibadan, Oyo State 1967
- Obafemi Avalovo University Botanical Garden, Ile Ife, Osun State 1968
- Calabar Zoo, Cross River State 1970
- Sanda Kyarimi Park, Maiduguri, Borno State 1971
- Botanical Garden, Enugu 1971
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka Zoo, 1972
- Zoo Park, Port Harcourt, State of Rivers 1974
- Jose Wildlife Park 1975
- Kano State Zoo, Kano State 1976
- Makurdi Zoo, Benu State 1976
- Gombe State University Zoo, Gombe State 2007
- Native Garden Zoo, Ikorodu, Lagos State, 2008
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abokuta Zoological Park, Abokuta 2012
- Professor Afolyan Wildlife Park, Akure. Federal University of Technology, Akur 2012
University of Ilorin Zoo. Quora State
The University of Ilorin is one of the popular zoos in Nigeria. It is located inside the University of Ilorin campus. The zoo is managed by the Zoological Department of the University of Ilorin. The zoo boasts of exotic animals like African civet cats, giraffes, monkeys, chimpanzees, donkeys, leopards, crown cranes, horses, eagles, mongooses, camels, ostriches etc. The University of Ilorin Zoo was started in 1984.
Audu Bako Zoo Kano State
Audu Bako Zoo is located in Kano State, it is one of the oldest zoos in Nigeria. It is in existence since 1971. It sits on 46 hectares of land with more than 150 species of animals like elephant, giraffe, monkey, bird, lion etc. The zoo is also known as the Gidan Zoo. The Audu Bako Zoo is one of the largest zoos in Nigeria. The zoo was officially opened on 13 November 1972. It was built by Audu Bako, the first military governor of Kano State. The zoo is managed by Kano State Zoological and Wildlife Management (KAZOWMA). The zoo opens between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
Some of the animals of the Audu Bako Zoo include lion, zebra, hippopotamus, elephant, camel, snake, giraffe, hyena, ostrich, antelope, goat, crocodile etc.
The entry fee is 100 Naira for adults and 50 Naira for children. Audu Bako Zoo is located along Zoo Road in Kano State, Nigeria.
University of Ibadan Zoological Garden
University of Ibadan Zoo There is another zoo full of animals in Nigeria. It was converted into a full fledged zoo in 1974. It is situated on 10 hectares of land. The Ibadan Zoo as it is often called is located inside the University of Ibadan campus.
The zoo is divided into 6 sections, such as reptiles, avian, carnivorous, vegetarian primates and small animals. The zoo opens between 8 am and 4 pm Monday to Sunday.
The gate fee of the zoo is 500 naira per adult and 300 naira per child. However, students of the University of Ibadan with a valid ID card can go for free.
With the recent upgrades at the zoo, the University of Ibadan is one of the best zoos in Nigeria. In terms of maintenance and number of animals.
National Children’s Park and Zoo Abuja
The National Children’s Park and Zoo is located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Abuja. It is a family-themed park with a zoo. The National Children’s Park and Zoo is located in the Asokoro district of Abuja. It opens daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
The zoo has various species of animals which has made it one of the top zoos in Nigeria. The park has a lake, it also comes with other facilities making it one of the top places to visit in Abuja.
It is located behind the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The zoo has its fair share of exotic animals such as lions, crocodiles, monkeys, etc.
Jose Wildlife Park
Jos Wildlife Park is another popular zoo in Nigeria. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Jose. Jose Wildlife Park is also known as JC Aruku Wildlife Park. It houses various species of animals ranging from elephants to chimpanzees. The zoo also houses an animal museum where animal artifacts are displayed.
In addition, it has a children’s play area, a restaurant and a history museum. Some animals in the zoo include elephant, buffalo, gazette, monkey, crocodile, crocodile, hyena, chimpanzee, various species of birds, etc.
Edo State Zoo
The story of Ogba Zoo dates back to 1915. It was a forest reserve. The reserve was converted into a zoo. It is one of the oldest zoos in Nigeria.
The Ogba Zoo is located on 20 hectares of land with a variety of animals. It has also become one of the top places for recreational activities. Ogba Zoo is located in Oko Central in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The entry fee is 200 Naira per adult.
Omu Resort There is a combination of a zoo, an amusement park and a waterpark. It is located in a quiet environment in Ibeju Lekki off the Lekki Epe Expressway. Omu Resort Zoo has animals like lions, crocodiles, caracal, donkeys, apes, baboons, chimpanzees etc. Although the zoo is not the only attraction at Omu Resort, Omu has proved to be one of the top tourist attractions in Nigeria.
Port Harcourt Zoo
Port Harcourt Zoo is also known as PH Zoo. The Port Harcourt Zoo was established in 1974. It is located in the Obio Ekpor local government area of Port Harcourt. The zoological park is full of different species of animals and has become a center of attraction in Port Harcourt.
The Port Harcourt Zoo was founded by the then Port Harcourt Military Governor Alfred Diet Spiff.
OOPL Wildlife Park Abeokuta
OOPL (Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library) The wildlife park is located in the center of Abeokuta. The zoo is part of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library complex. OOPL Wildlife Park has many exotic animals such as pythons, cobras, hyenas, lions, crocodiles, crocodiles, monkeys. It is a center for research and learning and has become a venue for animal adoption programs.
It opens daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Emo State Zoological Garden
The Imo State Zoo is located on twenty hectares of land in the southeast area of Oweri. The zoo was established in 1976 to promote tourism in the state of Imo. The zoo also has a tropical rain forest which serves as a conservation centre. The Imo State Zoo is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Federal University of Agriculture, Abokuta Zoological Park, Abokuta 2012ta
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abokuta Zoological Park was established in 2012. It is built on 62 hectares of land. It is popularly known as Funab Zoo or Funab Zoological Park. The park is one of the largest in terms of land. It has become one of the major tourist attractions of the state. Abokuta Zoological Park has various exotic animals. FUNAAB Park operates a semi-safari system such that some harmless animals are allowed to roam freely within the park.
Agoda Garden Zoo
Agodi Garden is located inside the zoo Agodi Udyan Park in Ibadan Oyo State. It is situated on 150 acres of land. The garden was created in 1967 and renovated in 2012. Unlike its counterparts, it is a small zoo with few bird species, monkeys, crocodiles, alligators, swans, horses, donkeys etc.
Sanda Kyarimi Zoo Maiduguri
Sanda Kyarimi Zoo is another zoo in Nigeria which is located in Borno State, the northern part of Nigeria. Sanda Kyarimi Zoological Park is along Shehu Laminu Marg, Maiduguri, Borno State. The zoo also has a botanical garden and is built on forty-two acres of land.
The zoo has various species of animals ranging from snakes, crocodiles, monkeys etc.
The Original Garden Zoo Ikorodu Lagos
Origin Garden is Nigeria’s first privately owned zoo. It is owned by Prince Abiola Kosoko. The facility has a museum with different relics from every part of Nigeria. The zoo is located by the lagoon. It has a lagoon view bar and a hall. The zoo was opened on December 22, 2007.
There are different animals in the zoo like lion, chimpanzee, baboon, crocodile, tortoise etc.
It sits on 50 hectares of land along the lagoon via the Lagos Ikorodu Express Road. There are plans to make the zoo a major tourist hub with museums, ferry services, amusement parks, eateries, resorts, etc.
Nakede Zoo Oweri, Emo State 1976
The Nakeday Zoo was established in 1976 by the state Ministry of Agriculture as an animal park. It is situated on ten hectares of land. It has become a center of entertainment and recreational activities.
The zoo boasts animals such as lions, crocodiles, ostrich, pythons, chimpanzees, monkeys etc. It is also a forest reserve with various species of animals and birds.
It is located near the state capital Oweri, making it easily accessible to all.
QBrat Zoo and Gardens, Badagry Lagos
QBrat Zoo and Gardens is another private zoo in Nigeria. It is located in the Araromi area along the Lagos Bagagri Expressway, Badagri, Lagos. Over the years, Qabrata has become a center of educational research, learning, and entertainment.
Other Zoos in Nigeria
In addition to the zoos listed above. These are other zoos in Nigeria.
Ahmadu Bello University Zoo
Botanical Garden Enugu
Gombe State University.
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