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Odense Zoo - Odense Dyrehave

Odense Zoo is located very close to downtown Odense. The zoo has a very pleasant, warm atmosphere, and there is little doubt that the animals are very well treated. The zoo first opened in 1930 with a small handful of animals. There were two monkeys, a peacock, a deer, a mule, several magpies and numerous guinea pigs.

The Zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings and today it is home to a vast array of animals from all over the world, and it a fine place to spend an afternoon. As of the end of 2008 Odense Zoo had 116 different animals species, and close to 2000 individual animals. There is also the “Oceanium" facility which opened in 2001. It has South America wildlife as a theme including a tropical rainforest and an artificial river for the king penguins.

There is a section of the Zoo which has playground. Odense Zoo has long been active in educating children and adults about animal, and the need for conservation. There is seldom a day that goes by during the school year without at least one school visiting the zoo.

In recent years Odense Zoo has been striving to improve the facilities for visitors to the Zoo. The zoo is striving to achieve their self-boasted claim as being “Denmark’s Cosiest Zoo”, a claim which is well deserved. The zoo is clean, well designed and has many creative ideas which strive to enhance a visitors experience.

Perhaps the most popular of these is the Thursday nigh Barbeque night which runs through July each year. Visitors to the Zoo may purchase a picnic basket which contains all the necessary ingredients for a pleasant evening barbeque. There are plenty of barbeques for guests to cook their own meals, so there is very rarely a long wait.

Odense Zoo also has a couple nice eating facilities which you wouldn’t expect in a Zoo. The Kathmandu Restaurant is open year round while the Darwin Café is only open during peak season. The Zoo does have the regular fast food eateries that you would expect in a Zoo.

Odense Zoo offers guided tours which can be booked on the Odense Zoo Homepage. However, they do recommend that you try and book a couple weeks in advance.

Odense Zoo has several feeding times, and training times for select animals:
11.00: Sea Lions
12.00: Lions (Wednesday)
13.15: Chimpanzees
13.30: Penguins
13.45: Squirrel Monkey (fromApriltoOktober)
14.00: Tiger (Friday)
14.15: Piranhas (Thuesday)
14.30: Sea Lions

Any true animal lover may consider buying a season pass at Odense Zoo. Not only does it allow free unlimited admission into Odense Zoo, but it also entitles you to free admission to Givskud Zoo (Givskud Zoologisk Have), Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have) and Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have København).

The pass will also allow give you reduced rates for the following Danish attractions:
Randers Tropical Zoo (Randers Regnskov)
North Sea Museum (Nordsøen Oceanarium)
Kattegat Centre (Kattegatcentret)
Aqua Freshwater Aquarium (Aqua Ferskvandsakvarium)
Fisheries and Maritime Museum (Fiskeri og Søfartsmuseet)
Denmark’s Aquarium (Danmarks Akvarium
Øresund Aquarium (Øresund Akvarium)
Knuthenborg Safari Park (Knuthenborg Park og Safari)
Jesperhus Flowerpark (Jesperhus Blomsterpark)

Other Zoos in Denmark:
Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have København)
Aalborg Zoo (Aalborg Zoologiske Have)

Odense Zoo Homepage
Sdr. Boulevard 306
DK-5000 Odense C
Telephone: 6611 1360

LastUpdate: 2015-04-22 10:20:02