Set amid the vast Quinta da Boa Vista Park and surrounded by lush native fauna, RioZoo is Brazil’s oldest zoo. Over 1,300 species of animals are represented, among them Bengal tigers, lions, hippos, wolves, and crocodiles, along with a number of Amazonian creatures such as sloths, toucans, and anacondas. The Basics
RioZoo is currently undergoing major renovations, during which time limited parts of the zoo are open. Upon completion, visitors will be able to enjoy full access to the zoo including the Elephant Aquarium, boat cruises along the river, a tree-top bird-watching circuit, and the bear, tiger, and monkey enclosures. Zookeeper talks and demonstrations allow animal lovers to gain insight into the different species, while the Little Farm (Fazendinha) offers the chance to interact with farm animals under the supervision of staff. There’s also a children’s Play Zone with ziplines and a climbing wall.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Plan at least a couple of hours to visit the zoo, but you could easily spend half a day.
- Lines can be long, especially in peak season, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.
- On-site facilities include restaurants, food kiosks, and picnic areas.
- The zoo is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
RioZoo is located in Quinta da Boa Vista Park in the São Cristóvão neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, around 4 miles (7 kilometers) west of downtown. The closest subway is São Cristóvão station (line 2); from there, cross the street and enter Quinta da Boa Vista Park. Paid parking is also available on-site.When to Get There
During construction, the zoo is open on weekends and holidays only, from midmorning to late afternoon. Last entry is at 4pm. Quinta da Boa Vista Park
RioZoo is the star attraction of Quinta da Boa Vista Park, the largest green space in North Rio, and it’s worth leaving some time to explore the park after your zoo visit. Laid out in the 19th century, the park originally served as the imperial gardens of São Cristóvão Palace. Today, the grand neoclassical palace is home to the National Museum of Brazil (currently closed while undergoing restoration after a devastating 2018 fire), while the surrounding park boasts palm-lined walking trails, lakes, and ample picnic spots.