There are many rare and endangered animals at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, at Sanzao Town in Nanhui District, about 35 kilometers from the city center. The park is one of China's biggest wild animal parks and covers an area of 153 hectares. There are over 200 rare species and over 10,000 animals from all over the world, including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros and hunting leopards. Some indigenous animals under special protection include giant pandas, golden monkeys, south-china tigers, and Asian elephants and many others.
The Shanghai Wild Animal Park is divided into two areas: one for walking, and one which is accessible to buses. There is a herbivore zone, a free zone, aquatic bird lake, bird zone, animal kindergarten, pet monkey park, rare animal park, animal performance zone, sea lion performance zone and other spots in this Park.
The walking area allows a close look at many gentle animals on foot. During a leisurely walk you will see Australian kangaroos, Asian Sika deer, African ring-tailed lemurs and Latin American yellow and blue macaws and more.
The bus enclosure takes you among zebra, yak, deer, elephant and some other fierce beasts. Be forewarned though: the bus park is not suitable for all, especially young children or those with a delicate temperament. Sometimes, you may encounter unpleasant even gruesome sight.
There is also a special animal zoo which is a hit with small kids where they can have a close-up look at the lovely animals.
- Tickets: 130 RMB (about 18 USD) for adults; children between 6 and 18, 65 RMB (about 9 USD); for children under 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) or under 6 years of age, admission is free.
- Location: 178 Nanliu Main Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
- Chinese: 上海野生动物园 Shànghǎi Yěshēng Dòngwù Yuán
- Times: July and August, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; March to June and September to November, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and December to February, 8:30 to 4:30.