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Riyadh Zoo – Timings, Location & Ticket Fee

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If you live in Riyadh or are visiting the city, you must visit one of its most magnificent attractions, the Riyadh Zoo. The place has something to offer all age groups. 

From coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy delicious food and snacks to a 5D cinema. However, it is a zoo with many exotic animals to look at and befriend. 

The Riyadh Zoo, with its area of 55 acres, is the largest in the country, opened in 1987.

The Zoo, also known as the Malaz Zoo, offers visitors the chance to see 196 exotic animal species and 20,000 diverse plant species.

The Riyadh Zoo enjoys a central location in the city, accessible from different points. Its exact location is:

How much is the entry ticket fee at Riyadh Zoo?

The ticket prices of the Zoo depend on the visitor’s age group. 

  • For children 12 years and above – SAR 11.50
  • Children below the age of 12 – SAR 5.75
  • Train ticket price – SAR 2

The Zoo has different hours each day of the week. Some days are reserved for females or males only, while others are family days.

The zoo opens at 8:30 a.m., and it takes visitors 2 to 3 hours to see all the places.

  • Monday: From 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • And from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: From 8:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: From 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • And from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: From 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday: From 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: After Jummah Prayer to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: From 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Riyadh Zoo Size
Land area55 acres
No. of animals1,500+
No. of species196+
MembershipsArabian Zoo and Aquarium Association

The subzones have divided the animal kingdom and aquatic life as per their habitat and ecosystems. This allows all the habitats to be housed in their natural ecology while also allowing the visitors to experience the wilderness they live in.

The malaz bay contains animals such as the Kangaroo, owls, and other adorable smaller animals. You can also feed the animals, especially Kangaroo, which is often thought to be a danger to humans, but the ones here are nice.

As the name suggests, you should see monkeys jump here and there in this subzone. The trees and the grass help the monkeys stay active. You can expect to see different species of monkeys and chimpanzees.

This subzone represents a rainforest climate where animals that thrive in jungles all through the year can be found. This includes bears, gazelles, and deer. Many have claimed to have sighted the red panda here, too.

The garden provides a more sensory experience in terms of not just the animals on display but the ecology of a garden with ponds and birds chirping and fresh air. This includes a vast variety of birds and significant pond animals.

While this might not be as serene as the garden, the swamp is an important habitat for many animals, such as hippos and crocodiles.

This is where you step into the nature yourself. The wild adventure includes a safari where they show animals from alot up close, including the Lion.