Region: South Denmark
Odense Zoo is today the second biigest zoo of Denmark if you are going after species and is the second oldest of the Country as well. From 2000 it has got an total make over and is known internationally for its tropical house (home for sea cows and penguins) and has a great savannah, that shows the Okawango Delta in Africa
Last visited 2018
Sønder Boulevard 306
DK - 5000 Odense C
Phone nr.: 66111360
Open 10am - 4pm
Adult 220,- DKK
Child 110,- DKK
Familly ticket* 590,- DKK
*Familly tickets are valid for 2 adults and 2 children. Each aditional child cost 80,- DKK
ZOOven card (free entrance to the zoo, as well asone free entrance for each to Ree Park, Givskud Zoo, Jesperhus and Aalborg Zoo)
Adult 450,- DKK
Child 300,- DKK
Senior 380,- DKK
There are several feedings each day, ask at the till. Children will love to pet the goats and take a stroll on the monkey island with real monkeys
Odense Zoo opened its gate to the public on the 30th may 1930.
The gardens founder Christian Jensen had a number of years bred pheasants, chickens and pigeons in his backyard. He loved animals and decided to open a animal park. The first animal in the garden were two monkeys, a mule, a peacock, a deer and a bunch of guinea pigs. The first day 5620 guests came! So the first step was maid. In 1933 the gardens were turned into a public company named Odense Zoo A / S. The business went swell and the garden expanded in 1946 with a meadow on the other side of the Odense River and a Tivoli and a circus was erected. The circus had to move to the old area in 1948, because the fun fair had become very popular - and was sold in 1962. 1980 the gardens were transferred to the municipality of Odense as a private institution and in 1983 nationally recognized. Due to bad economy the fun fair was put up for sale in 1993, the zoo bought it’s old space back 1994 and in 1995 the meadow area of 3.6 hectares was assigned to an Okavango delta, named after a meadow area in Botswana, with birds from this area, but also zebras. The first animal in the old amusement area were lions, goats and camels, which moved to the area in 1997. In 1998 it was the Amur tigers turn (there facilities were expanded in 2008) and in 1999 the chimps. Replacing the old monkey house the Ocenariet opened 2001 showing animals from South America, starting in the Caribbean Sea and ending in Patagonia cold. In 2004, then another South American region inaugurated, for alpacas and squirrel monkeys, you can go inside the enclosure while the zoo keeper talks about the animals. In 2006 came a new house for giant tortoises and in 2009 a new giant aviary for pelicans and flamingos. In 2011 came Kiwara, replacing Okavango. The new home for giraffes, zebras and birds. In the future there will be 2 new projects - a science centre - where you can follow the water path through touch, and the Fishbone bay - the new home for seals and sea lions, but also sea otters will.
After paying the entrance, we see some cute marmosets and turn left over a wooden bridge under which there are Australian emus. Over on the other side of the Odense River, we see Bactrian camels and a little farther away the majestic Amur tigers, whose neighbors are the reindeer. We turn now to the right to see Scandinavia's largest aviary with flamingos and pelicans, and follow the path on to the turtle house with giant tortoises from Aldabra. Outside again, past the situngas we turn left and see the funny chimps, which we share 98% of our genes with. Then we pet the goats and afterwards watch the king of the beasts, the lion. Opposite, we have the overwintering area for the Okavango area, where we find the whole year crocodiles and Nubian goats. Over the Okavango, we see again the pelicans, but also storks and cranes. At the end of this area we look at giraffes, Grevy-zebras and ostriches. Going over the red bridge, we see immediately the zoos scene and the area for livestock, which includes donkeys, Shetland ponies and cows. Behind this area, we find that squirrel monkeys which you can go in to and the alpacas, which delivers a very fine wool every two years. Back at zoo scene, we look first at the pig tail monkeys and then go into Oceania that starts with a covered area where several birds fly freely, but you also find tapirs and capybaras. Inside, we start in the rain forest top and see additional birds, but also the cute marmosets. On the right side we see a slice of the Amazon River as we dive in and come across we meet what was thought of it in the old days as mermaids, the manatees but also an abundance of fish. The farther we get down, the more fish we see as the fearsome piranhas. Up again we end up at Argentina's southern tip, namely Patagonia, where several penguins tumble. Out of the house again, we immediately spotted seals and we follow the stairs down to the prairie dogs and the California sea lions. Behind them we se the large macaws, the gay coatis, but also the small Pudu, the world's smallest true deer. In that area we also find Australian animals like kangaroos. Then past the giraffes and the garden's last animal, the little panda, that leads us up the stairs to the exit.
DK: Denne zoos historie er lidt ligesom historien om den grimme ælling. Den startede som en lille søvnig købstadszoo - faktisk som Danmarks først zoo i provinsen - og er idag et moderne eventyr, hvor man ikke blot møder de regulære zoodyr, men også sjældenheder som puduen, søkøer og kæmpeskildpadder fra Aldabra.
DE: Dieser Zoo hat eine geschichte wie dass hässliche Entlein von H.C.Andersen (der in Odense gebohren wurde), er fing als schläfriger Kleinstadtzoo an und hat sich zu einem schönen Schwan entwickelt, wo man nicht nur gewöhnliche Zootiere trift, aber auch Seltenheiten wie Pudus, Seekühe und Riesenschildkrötn von Aldabra