he Joburg Zoo situated in the leafy northern suburb of Johannesburg covers 55 hectares of land. The zoo was founded in 1904 when the land was donated by the firm of Herman Ekstein.
The Zoo is managed within the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo entity and is part of the Community Development structure of the City of Johannesburg.
The Zoo houses over 320 species of animals and is internationally accredited and highly respected for its husbandry practices of maintaining a high standard of animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct, ensuring the physical and psychological well-being of all its animals.
The Joburg Zoo is committed to playing an important role of conservation projects for indigenous and worldwide endangered animals.
As a popular tourist attraction for edutainment, the zoo offers visitors day and night tours, school holiday programmes, venue hire and regular events for the public.
The Johannesburg Zoo is a Not for Profit company and in order to maintain and improve every day running services at the zoo we appreciate private and corporate sponsorship and donations. Programmes that assist in our ongoing fundraising efforts include the annual membership and Adopt an Animal initiative.