Zoo in Istanbul
This zoological project is one of the youngest in the world! Only in 1993, its organizer and inspirer, Professor Farukh Yalchin, decided to open the doors of his own private menagerie for visitors. The guests were not long in coming, and today the Istanbul Zoo has grown and become a full member of the European Association. On the territory of 200 thousand sq. m. more than 300 species of animals live here.
"Bird Paradise and Botanical Park" - this is the unofficial name of the Istanbul Zoo, of which its founder and current director Farukh Yalcin is rightfully proud. A pleasant atmosphere is guaranteed here for both guests and visitors. The birds have a fountain in each cage, the Japanese garden is conducive to meditation, and the well-groomed greenery gives a pleasant coolness even in the hot Turkish summer..
Pride and achievement
Growing out of a small private menagerie, Darik Zoo today is proud of its exotic inhabitants. The enclosures contain predatory lions and huge tigers, fluffy foxes and graceful deer, lazy camels and striped zebras, wild horses and restless monkeys. In the aquarium, the eye is pleased with the abundance of bright representatives of the underwater fauna, which can be watched for hours with a camera.
How to get there?
The address of the zoo in Istanbul is known to both adults and children - Bogazici Zoo, Bird Paradise and Botanic Park, Tuzla Cad. No 15, 41870 Darica.
You can get to the zoo by a suburban train going to Gebze to the Osmangazy stop, where you will have to change to a minibus taxi 501 to the zoo.
The second way is a minibus from the center of Istanbul in the direction of Gebze. At the McDpnalds Cayiroglu stop - change to the same minibus 501.
The opening hours of the Istanbul Zoo are best checked on the official website in real time. As a rule, ticket offices open at 08.30 and the park serves visitors until 17.30 in the autumn-winter season and until 18.30 in spring and summer..
The price of entrance tickets depends on the age and social status of the buyer:
- Kids under 4 years old enjoy free admission.
- Ticket price for children from 5 to 15 years old - 15 TL.
- Adult ticket for guests from 18 to 65 years old - 20 TL
- Senior visitors 65 and over must pay 5 TL entry fee
- 5 TL is the entrance ticket for people with disabilities.
To confirm the right to benefits, you will have to present documents with a photo. Animals are not allowed.
Services and contacts
There are cafes in the zoo where you can have a snack after a walk, drink oriental coffee and enjoy a pleasant stay in the shade of exotic trees. The staff of the gift shop will help you choose gifts for the memory of visiting one of the coziest zoos in the world..
Details of opening hours and activities are available on the official website - www.farukyalcinzoo.com.
Phone for inquiries +90 (262) 653 13 74.