Taipei Zoo (Section 2, Xinguang Road, Taipei) — the Taipei Zoo is one of the ten largest municipal zoos in the world and the largest in Southeast Asia. As the zoo is home to more than 400 animal species, rest assured there’s plenty to see! The zoo includes 7 indoor exhibits, each with different themes. At the Insectarium you’ll meet several butterfly species unique to Taiwan. Next, you won’t want to miss the hugely popular Koala House and Penguin House. There are also two giant pandas from China. These animals are the Zoo’s resident celebrities, so be sure to check them out!
Apart from the indoor exhibits, the Taipei Zoo also features 8 outdoor exhibit areas. The latter are divided according to geographical environment, and possess educational value both as exhibits and ecological environments. The “Children’s Zoo,” “Formosan Animal Area,” and “African Animal Area” are the most popular, according to Internet voting. The Formosan Animal Area includes endemic species like Formosan sika deer, Taiwan macaque, and Swinhoe’s pheasant.
Admission: NT$60 (adult), NT$30 (children under 18 years and students). Free for pre-school children and the disabled. Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (daily)(closed on Chinese New Year’s Eve). Note: indoor exhibits are closed on Mondays. See the zoo website for more info: https://english.zoo.gov.taipei/