Tennōji Zoo (天王寺動物園) is located at Tennōji Park in Tennōji-ku, Osaka, Japan, opened on January 1, 1915.
The zoo features adjacent savannah zones for herbivorous and carnivorous animals, which are arranged so that the animals appear to be sharing the same space.
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
K F | Mar 30, 2018
I cannot lie and say I hated it. It was enjoyable and my little brother found it quite enjoyable as well. Unfortunately this is not a good zoo compared to some of the one's I've seen. Think Busch Gardens Florida, Disney world animal kingdom, and the Atlanta Zoo. Huge spaces for the animals to roam around and run. That is not this zoo. The most tragic was the jaguar exhibit that was literally the size of some small lizard exhibits I've seen. The animal paced around in a circle that you could tell had been repeated thousands of times throughout its life. This is inhumane even for animals born in captivity. Most of the exhibits shared these same conditions and it was very disheartening to see. My advice to the zoo: Charge more for admission. Of course everyone is happy to be paying 500 yen to get in, but the animals are paying the price with terrible conditions. They could easily double the price of admission (1000 adult/400 child) and I would still pay it and I know most people would as well. Atlanta zoo, for example, charges over 2000 yen for adults and I don't think there's readmission. This zoo allows coming and going and we spent around 5 hours there. Just take my money and improve the lives of the animals.
Emma Germann | Mar 29, 2018
This zoo is small and dose NOT have enough space for the animals. This is an example of a zoo run by people who are uneducated or don’t care at all. I don’t recommend people to go and support a zoo that obviously isn’t providing for animals properly. Some exhibits were huge for small animals and tiny for huge animals. If only they would have signs with more information to educate the people who come here.
Diarmaid Lindsay | Feb 25, 2018
The conditions these poor animals are kept in is utterly appalling. The primates are kept in isolated small concrete enclosures, with nothing stimulating at all, they just stare at the wall motionless. It's so depressing! As if they animals weren't stressed enough, the occasional "night zoo" events where animals are forcibly kept awake far past their usual resting period for the convenience of families with busy lives to gawk at these pitable creatures kept in wholly unnatural surroundings of painted concrete. The polar bear paces back and forth as if deranged, truly disturbing. I've been to a number of ethical zoos where animals are given large spaces to roam, and look healthy and well cared for. But Tennoji Zoo is no zoo, but an animal torture enclosure. Any conscious person could not enjoy an experience here.
Yaojun Ye | Mar 23, 2018
The zoo is a bit old and not a huge amount of animals. But it's still fun and kids friendly.
Dushan Alahakone | Jan 25, 2018
Please do not go visit this zoo as you will only be contributing to animal cruelty. We witnessed many animals who seemed to have both mental and physical issues. These wonderful creatures had no space to move around except to walk around their enclosures. On top of that the condition of the cages were disgusting and unrealistic. All the animals looked underweight and mentally disturbed. The bear family in particular was heartbreaking to see as the creatures were constantly pacing back and forth and in circles. The nocturnal animals were kept in miniature pet like cages with little room to move. A numerous amount of bats were cramped into a small dirty enclosure, and for the first time I witnessed a majority of the bats crawling on the floor helplessly. The arctic animals (polar bears and penguins) were not kept in cold conditions instead their enclosures were painted white, yet they were kept in the sun with viewers flashing their cameras at what people call ‘entertainment’, I cannot imagine the conditions these poor animals live in during the summer when the cement would be unbearably hot. The chimpanzees and monkeys were also kept in small isolated cages and looked distressed by the horrible conditions they were kept in. We deeply regret having not read the reviews before visiting the zoo as we left with a guilty conscious. This disgusting and heartbreaking zoo shouldn’t be called a zoo at all but a animal cruelty attraction. The zoo is located in the middle of a busy town, which clearly iterated all animals especially the birds as their enclosure was kept directly under the highway. Tennoji zoo is a clear violation of all animal cruelty laws and must be closed down immediately, these poor creatures must be released into their natural habitats or relocated into a natural mimicked and spacious environment.
Mr Kusters | Jul 7, 2018
This Zoo reminded me of Melbourne Zoo 20 years ago. Many enclosures are ultra small and you can see some animals are stressed in these enclosures. They are trying to improve and some animals have very good areas. Hopefully they can adopt some principals of modern zoo keeping.
Yuehon Tai | Jul 18, 2018
Considering that's is right in the middle of tennoji district, the zoo was bigger than I anticipated. Yes, the animals enclosure was not very roomy, but then everything in Japan is not roomy... there was a very wide range of animals to see and the kids loved it, its about 5 min walk away from subway. Great way to spend a few hours to half a day
KH Hoo | Jun 28, 2018
Not many animal to see. Only attraction is polar bear. Koala bear is just hiding behind the tree and not visible. If you run out of place to go and have amazing pass, may consider paying a 1-2hrs visit there for free.
Breanna Godfrey | Jul 14, 2018
I love thissssssss! The zoo is filled with all sorts of animals from the savannah to the arctic. Happily spent the whole day there. Great for a family day out
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