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Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

Planning to visit a zoo... I found on internet two zoos at Basel and Zurich. Which one is larger/better?
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

If in doubt, always remember, "Basel's Best".
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

http://www.zoo.ch/xml_1/internet/en/intro.cfm
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

That elephant pool does look pretty cool, once it opens. The larger animals in Basel zoo tend to look quite bored, there's not much stimulation for most of them.
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

When my daughter visited basel zoo at 2 she looked in at the elephants and said "mama elephant sad.."
Zürich zoo has bigger enclosures and is a larger space if thats what you are looking for..
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

I haven't been to Basel zoo, but the rainforest enclosure at Zürich is really impressive. There's a fair amount of building work going on at Zürich at the moment though, I think the old elephant enclosure is being turned into a new enclosure for the lions, so parts of it feel a bit "temporary".
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

The nearest to you is at Les Marécottes, but I've never been. Les Marécottes also has a wonderful natural swimming pool- which I'd love to visit. Certainly not the largest, but due to its closeness, geographically, worth mentioning.
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That elephant pool does look pretty cool, once it opens. The larger animals in Basel zoo tend to look quite bored, there's not much stimulation for most of them.
On the webpage it says its open from the 7th of June. Its not open yet?
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On the webpage it says its open from the 7th of June. Its not open yet?
As far as I know, it is indeed open.

They also have an impressive ape house in Basel zoo.

I've never been to the Zurich one so I can't really compare, but I really enjoy the Basel one, even of it's quite a trip for us coming from Lausanne.
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

Servion, ...... anyone?
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

I haven't been to Basel zoo but the new Elephant enclosure at Zurich zoo is great and a baby elephant was born in mid June so you might get a glimpse of the little 'un- the bear enclosure is quite big so you might not actually see them but somehow I took comfort that they had privacy. There is still work underway to improve the zoo and update the habitat for some of the other animals.

As a previous poster said, the rain forest is also a good spot to go.
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Servion is nice when you have kids, with its huge playground and picnic places. But it's a much smaller zoo than Zurich and Basel. A lovely one though.
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

If you go to Basel Zoo on a Sunday, don't park in the Zoo car park. Binningen high street (for example) has parking, close to the Dorenbach entrance.
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I haven't been to Basel zoo but the new Elephant enclosure at Zurich zoo is great and a baby elephant was born in mid June so you might get a glimpse of the little 'un- the bear enclosure is quite big so you might not actually see them but somehow I took comfort that they had privacy. There is still work underway to improve the zoo and update the habitat for some of the other animals.

As a previous poster said, the rain forest is also a good spot to go.
There are also baby snow leopards at Zoo Zurich!


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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

Im very interested to go to the zurich one but 3 hours each way makes it a bit of a hassle. Will have to check and see...
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

The elephant pool is now open and it is wonderful for the kids (and big kids). The snow leopard are also born (two of them), but last time we visited they were still inside (not in the public enclosure, whatever you want to call their cage). However, there is a (realtime) video link, so you can still see the babies with their mum.

As for the rainforest, it is very nicely done, and as someone from the tropics, I really feel at home there ;o).
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

Do any of them have Meerkats?

I was at a Zoo abroad a couple of years ago and that one had more than 30 I think and found them so much fun to watch.
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

I haven't been yet to the Basel Zoo, but I found the Zürich Zoo quite good. My favourites are the otters which are simply amazing. And if you are lucky enough to catch their feeding time, you will enjoy a really nice spectacle.

Has anyone been to Zürich Zoo recently? I heard there should have baby otters now, but unfortunately haven't had time to go to see, so wonder if it is indeed so.
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

My daughter (15) has been enjoying the last week+ of her "holiday pass" w/transport w/in all ZVV zones and other goodies included (really good value for 24sfr), while her brother (12) has been going back to school.

Zürich Zoo kept her entertained for two full afternoons (and provided a week's worth of Instagram). She really raved about the elephant pool as the animals can be seen from all perspectives and varying distances. There was plenty of other wildlife about in the enclosure. She also reported on tigers and penguins, mouse deer and silky hens...no otters though. The goats were quite interested in her handbag - scent of a cousin there

The rainforest enclosure is really great, and depending on time of day and weather can have shifts in "mood and atmosphere".
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Re: Where is the largest/best zoo in Switzerland

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Do any of them have Meerkats?

I was at a Zoo abroad a couple of years ago and that one had more than 30 I think and found them so much fun to watch.
Yes saw meerkats at Basel zoo last week
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