The National Zoological Garden of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country.

More widely known as the Pretoria Zoo, the National Zoological Garden in Boom Street is not only the largest zoo in South Africa and the only one with national status, but is also rated as one of the top zoos in the world.

Initiatives

The National Zoo runs various programmes emphasising the value of a healthy environment to build a prosperous South Africa.

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Visit the zoo

The National Zoological Garden of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually.

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Animal of the week

Our #AnimalOfTheWeek is the Southern Ground Hornbill. Southern Ground Hornbills are found in the southern and eastern parts of Africa. They occupy the land from southern Kenya and Burundi, through Angola and Namibia to South Africa.

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RESEARCH & SCIENTIFIC SERVICES

Research at the National Zoological Garden of South Africa can offer South Africa, Africa and the international research community a unique infrastructure to facilitate, co-ordinate and conduct world-class research. View All »

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DID YOU KNOW?

blue blooded creatures

Unlike mammals, spiders, snails and octopi have blue blood. This is because the hemocyanin molecule that oxygen is bound to in these animals contains copper, which gives their blood the blue colour