Lagos Zoo: a fun day out with the entire family
The Lagos Zoo is a beautiful animal park in the Algarve. It is home to 150 animal species from all the five continents in the world. You can also see more than 200 different plant species. Visitors highly appreciate the tender, love and care that has been put into the park. The park stands out because of the well-being of the animals and its maintenance. The Zoo of Lagos is a great place for a day out with your family.
The main animals in the Zoo of Lagos are birds, mammals, reptiles and fishes. There are no lions or tigers in this zoo. Visitors can walk through a tunnel that is 60 metres in length and see many exotic birds in full flight. You can watch the primates running freely on their paradise island and there is also a petting zoo where the little ones can see the tame animals.
Below you can see some of the spectacular animals you can find here. For a full list of animals, check their website.
There are many different kinds of exotic birds you can see in Lagos Zoo. Examples are the Himalayan monal, the black swan, great hornbill and the red-billed toucan. You can also see many different types of parrots, macaws and ducks here. Many of these species you will probably have never seen before.
You can also see the Indian peafowl, which is especially beautiful when it spreads its feathers.
Actually, they also have several species of flamingos in the zoo:
Don’t miss some of the different hornbill species, which are usually loved by kids as well.
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The Zoo of Lagos also has many mammals. Examples are the Bolivian squirrel monkey, the chimpanzee, the cape porcupine, the Eurasian lynx, the meerkat, the Indian muntjak, the pygmy hippopotamus and the ring-tailed lemur.
You might recognize the lemur monkeys from the Madagascar movie.
You can also see Lyle’s flying foxes, which are a species of bats.
The hippopotamus always gets plenty of attention from the visitors.
A standing meerkat is always a fabulous sight to see.
Inside the zoo, there is a section called Monkey Island. You can see many monkeys here, interacting with each other and exploring their surroundings.
Don’t miss the extraordinary lar gibbon monkeys.
There are also some exotic fish species to be seen in the Zoo of Lagos. Examples are the suckermouth catfish, the mosquito fish or the grass carp.
The zoo has several reptiles. Examples are the snapping turtle, the Greek tortoise, the green iguana, the African dwarf crocodile and the deadly boa constrictor.
You can also see several species of turtles here.
Every day you have the chance to see how the animals are being fed. Below you can find the schedule of the animal feeding:
- Pelicans: 11.30
- Otters and primates: 15.00
- Lemur monkeys: 11.45 and 16.00
You can only watch the lemurs being fed on appointment. The costs are € 12 per person. Children younger than 7 years old can watch the feeding for free, together with an adult.
The Zoo of Lagos opened in the year 2000. The park highly values to provide more background and information about the animals that live in the park. Acting on their mission of protection, conservation and education, you can expect to learn a lot about the animals. In that sense, Lagos Zoo is a perfect activity for your children that combines entertainment with education.
In the park you can also find a souvenir shop.
Lagos Zoo is friendly to people that have mobility difficulties, welcoming visitors in wheelchairs. The park has a flat layout, providing a good overview. In addition, safety measures are taken for the little ones.
Very close to the zoo, you can find the O Cangalho restaurant. It offers local and international dishes. Every Tuesday evening they also have fado music night. Next to the restaurant, there are also two snack bars and a picnic area in the zoo.
The entrance ticket prices to the Zoo of Lagos are as follows:
- Adults: € 18
- Children (4-11 years): € 14
- Seniors (> 65 years): € 16
- Baby and toddlers (0-3 years): free
If you book your tickets in advance online, you save € 2 per ticket. So it is best to book your ticket online beforehand.
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Unlimited access card
If you come to the Algarve regularly, you can buy a card that grants unlimited visits to the Zoo. The costs for the card are:
- Adults: € 45
- Children (4-11 years): € 30
- Family (2 adults + 2 children): € 120
The Lagos Zoo is open every day, all year round. From the first of April until the end of September, the park is open from 10.00 in the morning until 19.00 in the evening. The rest of the year (October – March), the park closes a bit earlier: it opens at 10.00 in the morning and closes again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
During the winter, the Zoo of Lagos is all in the Christmas spirit and receives the name Natalandia. It is a great and festive outing for the entire family to see the park in the winter theme, where you get to meet Santa.
How to get to Lagos Zoo
The easiest way to move around in the Algarve is by car. If you don’t have one, make sure to rent a car. Lagos Zoo is located in a small town near Lagos, called Barão de São João. This is near the highway A22. When you are in the town of Lagos, the zoo is located about 18 minutes by car. When you come from Albufeira, you take the Sines exit on the A22 and pass through Bensafrim. Stay on the M525 in the direction of Barão de São João. You will then see signs indicating the Zoo of Lagos.
If you didn’t rent a car, you can grab a taxi. Coming from the town of Lagos, this costs about € 15 for a one way trip.
During high season (beginning of April until the end of September), there runs a bus transfer that takes you from the centre of Lagos straight to Lagos Zoo. The bus stops at Avenida dos Descobrimentos, in front of Alma Café. A bus ticket costs €5 for a one way trip and €8 for a return. The bus schedule is as follows:
From Lagos centre to the Zoo of Lagos
From the Zoo of Lagos to Lagos centre