Oldest Zoo in The World – Helsinki Korkeasaari Zoo
Helsinki Korkeasaari Zoo Introduction
Helsinki Zoo is home to 150 animal species and almost 1000 plant species that show the diversity of nature. Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos located on an island. It is the perfect place to visit due to its natural environment, animals, and history.
The zoo was established already in 1889 and this makes it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Helsinki Zoo also participates in the work to protect the habitats in the original homes of the various species. Helsinki Zoo´s mission is to work towards preserving biodiversity.
*The Helsinki Zoo (Korkeasaari) also known as the “Four Season Zoo” since it operates 364 days throughout the year and welcomes you during all seasons.
European Exotic Animals
The Seasonal Zoo
In Helsinki Zoo, spring is full of surprises when nature wakes up and animals bring out their newborns for the first time. Summer is a lovely time in the Finnish archipelago with lush, green nature. The ferry ride from the city center is a wonderful experience.
Autumn has its own spirit when the mythical darkness conquers the island and big cats in the Cat Valley get active. Winter can be truly magical when it snows – most of the animals stay outdoors throughout the year regardless of the weather. The tropical houses provide nice places to visit, especially during cold weather.
*We have been visited the Helsinki Zoo during the early spring season, where plants start to grow and animals start to awake, so we just grab whatever we can from this trip! 😉
White-Faced Saki is monogamous, but pairs live in a family group consisting of several individuals. Sakis communicate by means of coughing sounds.
Male Sakis have black fur and completely white face while females are grey, and have just a small, pale mustache.
Pygmy Marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey, that is only the size of a thumb tip when born. Even fully grown it weights only barely 100grams.
The Pygmy Marmoset’s primary nutrition is the tree sap that it drains from the tree trunks by gnawing holes with its gutter-like lower teeth.
The Gundi keeps its coat clean by constantly grooming itself with the toes of its hind legs. The thick, silky fur requires diligent care if it is to provide effective protection against heat and cold.
A set of sharp claws enables the gundi to climb the almost sheer cliff, which means they’re cute but they have sharp claws like a raptor! 😉
Pikkumangusti has separate warning sounds for different predators. The individual on watch duty will patrol of a termite mold, while the others go about their business nearby.
On hearing the warning signal, the mongooses scurry off quickly in their burrows or start an attack, depending on the threat.
The Slender Vicuna is a camelid that is perfectly adapted to the harsh conditions of the towering Andes. its lower front teeth grow constantly. The teeth wear down because of the coarseness of the mountain plants on which this animal feeds.
Vicunas live in harem-like herds that are constantly vigilant. In emergencies, vicunas extend their neck and sprint away or defend themselves by kicking or spitting (now that’s a kungfu camel)! 😉
Arabian Camels are largely herbivorous, lacking proper hoofs but instead have two functional toes in each leg. The species are well adapted to extremely dry conditions in Africa, Asia, and South America.
The Arabian Camels or dromedary lives in North Africa and Western Asia. Wild dromedaries only exist only in central Australia, having escaped from domestication.
The Goitered Gazelle is a small weather resistant antelope found in Asia. Unlike the other gazelles, only the male goitered gazelle can be distinguished from the other gazelle species from the shape of its horn.
Gazelle males and females spend a large part of the year in separate herds. They only come together in the autumn or winter season.
Przewalski’s Wild Horse became extinct in the wild around 1960’s but the species was preserved at the zoo. The horses live in a small family group consists of one stallion and a few mares.
They must always be alert to flee predators while the mares have a strict hierarchy within the group.
The Kulan is a subspecies of Onager, the Asian wild ass. The donkey is the domesticated form of the African wild ass, which is a separate species.
The Kulan lives in large herds in the winter. In the Spring, the mares form small groups around stallions. The stallion may fight fiercely for the right to mate with a female which sometimes might lose its tail.
The Snowy Owl is very well adapted to a cold climate. It has tiny air bubbles in its feather that provide insulation against cold weather, and its thick plumage extends all the ways towards the tip of its toes.
The adult male is white in color, the female which incubates the egg in the springtime has dark spotting on its plumage.
The Amur Tiger is the world largest living cat species. It is very well adapted to a life in cold climate due to its thick fur. Compared to other tiger subspecies, it has whiter and more yellow fur and fewer stripes.
Amur Leopards are solitary animals and they also hunt alone, usually during the night. They defend large territories and mark these with their own “Urine”.
The Red Panda is an excellent climber and spends most of its time on trees. It has a large territory which it patrols and marks with scent on a regular basis.
Similar like China Pandas, this red flurry little fella also loves to eat bamboo shoots but more favors on fruits and insects. 😉
The Wolverines is one of the largest species of weasel. Its scientific name is derived from the name “Glutton” due to its apparently voracious feeding style.
In reality, wolverines do not live up to this negative reputations, but they are known to store food for later consumptions. You should know by now, where is the original idea of “Wolverines” superheroes come from! 😉
The lives of the Brown Bear of the north are punctuated by the changing seasons. When they emerged from their winter slumber, they refuel by eating meat.
The summer is the mating season and in the autumn, they fatten up on berries and other energy-rich food. They neither eat nor drink during hibernation in the winter.
Helsinki Zoo Restaurant & Facilities
Korkeasaari Zoo Restaurant
What could be even better than having a hearty meal in Korkeasaari Zoo after a thrilling adventurous walk?
We tried a beef burger in the restaurant which is very delicious and might be better than any restaurants out there, well let’s just hope its not some leftover (feeding) meat from the zoo! 😉
*Some locals even suggest that you can bring your own coal (sold by restaurants nearby), and enjoy your own BBQ session since the zoo offers a public BBQ’s spot and picnic tables.
Souvenir Kauppa Shop
A souvenir shop called – Kauppa if you need to buy some soft toys or great stuff for this memorial trip.
Cute & Funny Animal Moments
It took us quite a while (ashamed up till now) when being asked by our local friends, can you spot the second birds inside the picture? 😉
Even the most fierce one can also be cute sometimes, just like our little kitty at home (while begs for attention)! 😉
Wait am I high or just being too early (awaken for spring)? Wheres my other matey mates (wind blows with a gentle cold)!!! 😉
The admission fees for Korkeasaari Zoo:
- 12 € Each Person, 8 € Senior Citizen, 6 € Child 4–17 years
- 36 € (contains two adults and three 4 to 17-year-old children or 1 adult and four 4 to 17-year-old children.)
*Helsinki Card gives a discount of 2€ on normal adult tickets and 1€ on normal child (4 to 17 year old) tickets.
By Ferry :
- The ferries leave from two different locations – Kauppatori Market Square and Hakaniemi. The Market Square ferry runs the entire summer season from the 1st of May until the end of September. The Hakaniemi ferry runs in June, July, and August. Prices of ferry tickets
• Adult: EUR 7 return, EUR 3.5 one-way
• Student or pensioner: EUR 3 return, EUR 1.5 one-way
• People under 18 years can travel free of charge on the ferry. Children under the age of 12 may only travel on the ferry when accompanied by an adult.
*Ferries to Helsinki Zoo operate from the first of May until the end of September.
By Bus :
- Bus number 16 runs from the Central Railway Station to Helsinki Zoo every day all year round, except on Christmas Eve. The platform at the Railway Station is no. 17. The estimated travel time is 21-23 minutes.
Korkeasaari Zoo Information
Address: Korkeasaari Zoo, Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki, Finland
Contact: +358 50 352 5989
Open Hour: 10.00 am – 04.00 pm (Mon-Sun), Time Schedule Change According to Season.