Before we went to Taiwan, one of Her Majesty’s colleagues who just got back from Taiwan told her that we must pay a visit to Taipei Zoo since we have a week of luxury time in Taipei. We scheduled this visit during our third last day in Taipei, when our body’s battery are almost running low.
To get to Taipei Zoo from Taipei city center, one can take the MRT but have to transit for several times, take the bus or for those who are lazy like us, just grab a cab. This is also the fastest way and tourist friendly was for those tending to get lost.
Taipei Zoo was founded in 1914, when Taiwan was under Japanese sovereignty. It is the most famous and a leading zoological garden in Taiwan in terms of the efforts on recreation,conservation, research and education, it is also the present largest zoo in Asia.
Unlike those zoo which I know in other countries, this zoo is only charging NT$60 for the entrance fee. It’s really very cheap! By paying this little, we spent a whole afternoon there, enjoying the display of animals from Taiwan, Australia, Africa, the Asian tropical rainforest, the desert, and the temperate zones. The zoo also displays domestic animals in its Children’s Zoo, as well as over 12000 birds of over 130 species in an aviary. Other exhibitions in the zoo include an insectarium, amphibian and reptile house, penguin habitat, koala habitat and nocturnal animals display.
The two panda, tuan tuan and yuan yuan are a gift a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2008.
By the way, the Family Mart in Taipei Zoo is selling this very yummy lunch bento. Give it a try whenever you come down to Taipei Zoo! ^_^
- Open year round ever day (except for Chinese New Year’s eve).
- Zoo Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:00 p.m.)
- Animals Exhibit: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (indoor and outdoor exhibits)