Riyadh Zoo: All You Need To Know About The Zoo

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The Riyadh National Zoo, in the heart of Malaz in Riyadh, is an easily accessible place for those visiting the city of Riyadh. In the beautifully spread landscape and wonderfully established grounds, this zoo covers an area of 55 acres and consists of more than 1500 animals in 40 species that allow a good amount of time to be spent in an animal world. The zoo was opened in 1987.

Some of the animals and birds available at the Riyadh Zoo are lions, African elephants, Bengal tigers, zebras, flamingo birds, Bactrian camels, foxes, giraffes, crocodiles, snakes, harbor seals, leopards, llamas, monkeys, rhinos, Eagles bears, various colored parrots, and many more species.

Entrance Ticket Fee

From 12 years: 10.50 SR
For children under 12 years: 5.25 SR
Train ticket: 2 SR

Riyadh zoo hours and allowed visitors:

Friday: families only (after Jummah prayers)
Saturday: families only (8:30 a.m. to Magrib prayers)
Sunday: closed
Monday: Men (in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m.) and male students (in the morning at 8:30 a.m.)
Tuesday: Families (in the afternoon at 1 pm) and female students (in the morning at 8:30 am)
Wednesday: Men (in the afternoon at 1 PM) and male students (in the morning at 8:30 AM)
Thursday: Families (Afternoon 1:00 p.m.) and students (Morning 8:30 a.m.)

Review The Riyadh Zoo

The Riyadh Zoo is located in the heart of Malaz and east of Al-Ahsa Street in the capital of Saudi Arabia. It is an amazing place to spend time with family, children, and friends. It only takes 2-3 hours to cover everything on your visit.

Photo album from inside the Zoo


A train ride of about 20 minutes inside the zoo covers a good part of the zoo that multiplies the entertainment of children.


You get a flamingo welcome as you enter the zoo gates. A large number of these waders (native to tropical brackish waters) in their free world are a real zoo draw.


A wonderful environment of landscapes and a precise environment of grounds for the animals to adapt to their natural habitat are a very welcoming factor of the zoo. It has prayer rooms, bathrooms, restaurants, and small cafes within the zoo.


The Bengal tiger, an endangered species, is native to the Indian subcontinent.


Most animals are grouped according to their geographic origin. An example of this are the kangaroos and emus in an enclosure that represents the wildlife of the Australian bush.

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The zoo has around 80 species of birds, including the Houbara bustard, which is almost extinct in the wild in Saudi Arabia.

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Two harbor seals demonstrate their talent for getting the trainer's food. It's not a show though, it happens just before the zoo closes for the day.
The best time to visit the zoo will be during the winter because during the summer, most animals prefer to stay indoors in the dark.