City of Joburg

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo


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Meet the animals
Joburg Zoo's collection of animals will fascinate you! From chickens to Ring tailed lemurs, you'll find a huge variety of species. You'll never get bored, and you will always have a fun-filled day when you come and visit our animals.

Farm animals
DucksJoburg Zoo has an interesting collection of farm animals, from small to giant breeds, indigenous and animals from abroad.

The zoo collection consists of chickens: Buff Orpington and Black Australorp chickens, Ducks, Indian Runners, Calls, Crested ducks, Chinese Geese, Vietnamese Pot-bellied pigs, horses (Shetland ponies and Shire draught horses), sheep (Bapedi and Zulu sheep), and Nguni cattle.

Wild animals

Big 5 thumbOur Big 5
Do you know your Big 5 animals? The Big 5 are Africa's most dangerous animals, but despite this many are still endangered. It’s a very rare experience to see the Big 5 in the wild. So consider yourself lucky because at the Joburg Zoo, we keep our Big 5 animals safe. Treat yourself and your family, and come and visit Africa’s most dangerous animals. More >>

Charles was born at the Zoo on the 1st October 2006 to parents Thabo and Daisy; this charismatic 7-year old is the youngest and busiest member of the troop. He often has the benefit of poking fun at his siblings Yoda, Zoe and Joyce by teasing and imitating their facial expressions.

HippoPygmy hippo
The Pygmy hippo is a threatened forest-dwelling hippo species found in forests and swamp habitats in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast. The pygmy hippo was previously considered 'endangered' by the IUCN's Red Data list but due to conservation efforts and breeding programmes in zoos internationally their status has been changed to 'vulnerable'.

LemurRing tailed lemur
The Zoo has 5 Ring tailed lemurs, 1 male and 4 females. They came as a group from the UK in 2005. They are aged between 8 to 10 years old. Ring tailed lemurs are extremely territorial, when territory and other disputes take place it is usually the females that win. The males often show their dominance by having 'stink fights' after rubbing their tales on their strong smelling wrist gland they wave their tales to others.

MonkeysDiana monkey
The Diana monkey is one of the most threatened and least known African monkey. They can be found in West Africa: Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This rare primate inhabits primary and some secondary rainforests. The zoo has one male Diana monkey. He was born in 2000 at a zoo in Moscow and brought to the Joburg zoo in 2005. We have requested a female for him and hope one will arrive soon.

MonkeyL'hoest's monkey
The Zoo has 4 L'hoest's monkey: a male and female pair who were born in the wild in Ruwanda and brought to the Joburg Zoo. Unlike other primates, the female usually initiates mating. Also known as the mountain monkey, the L'Hoest's monkey inhabits the Democratic Republic of Congo, western Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. They live in forests with altitudes of up to 2 500 metres.

LemurRed bellied lemur
Red bellied lemurs are believed to be amongst the rarest within the lemur species and their population is decreasing. Red bellied lemurs are fairly rare in captivity and it is estimated that there are only around 67 Red bellied lemurs currently in captivity worldwide.

GorillaWestern lowland gorilla
The Zoo has one Western lowland Gorilla and his name is Makoko. He was born in Wilhemina Zoo in Germany in 1985 and was hand reared by his keepers. In 2004, when he was 19 years old, he was brought to the Johannesburg Zoo. Makoko shares his enclosure with peacocks and duikers. He poses no threat to them and they share the enclosure peacefully.

OrangutanSumatran orangutan
The Sumatran orangutan spends most of its time swaying between trees. The Zoo has one Sumatran orangutan, a male called Duma. He was born in 1989 at Leipzig Zoo in Germany and was brought to the zoo in 1998 and is now 23 years old. The interval between births amongst orangutans is the longest for any mammal and may be as long as 8 years.

ZebraHartmann's zebra
The Hartmann's zebra is endemic to Africa and can be found on mountainous slopes and plateaus. They have a fragmented distribution across South Africa, Namibia and some parts of Angola. The Zoo has four female Hartman Zebra. Hartmann's zebras have a hierarchy of dominance amongst the females. The females fight with each other until the dominance is ascertained.

Rhinos have been part of our cultural and natural heritage for thousands of years. The Zoo is very proud to have three rhinos: Zimbi and Peter are white rhinos, and Phila is a black rhino. Rhinos are naturally found in Africa and Asia. Rhinos are on the endangered species list because they are being poached for their horns.

SiamangSiamang gibbon
The Zoo has 2 Siamang gibbons a 13 year old female called Glastenberry who was born at the Marwell Zoo in the UK. She shares the enclosure with her son Tristan who was born in the Joburg Zoo and is 6 years old. Siamang gibbons are found in Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia and in a small area of Peninsular Thailand. They use the tallest trees in the forest as a canopy to rest and sleep.

Antelopes are divided into a number of tribes that are based on common attributes found amongst them. The Zoo has many of these tribes such as Duikers, Gazelles, Reedbuck, Horse antelope, Hartebeest, Impala and Bushbuck. They can often be seen grazing in their enclosure.

Animals also have rights
Animals have rights too, which entitles them to good husbandry and veterinary care. This includes healthy diets, appropriate veterinary care, such as annual vaccinations, deworming, regular health checks and immediate care in the event of pain or injury. Included also is proper accommodation and protection from weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold and thunderstorms. Every effort must be made to provide a correct diet, with appropriate nutritive value, quantity, quality and variety, appropriate to the species age, size, physiological, reproductive and health status. Fresh, clean drinking water should be available at all times. Veterinary or other specialist advice in all aspects of nutrition should be obtained and followed.

Map of the Zoo
For a map of the Zoo and to view directions, click here.

Zoo information
To read all the general information about the Zoo, click here.

Feeding times
To see our Zoo feeding times, click here.