Paphos Zoo is known for its large collection of snakes and birds, some of which are rare and endangered species. However, not only this attracts tourists here. Aviaries in Paphos Park mimic the natural habitat of each species. Moreover, performances are regularly arranged for visitors here, in which representatives of the feathered family act as the main actors.
Located in close proximity to Paphos, the zoo (also known as the Bird and Animal Park) first appeared on maps of Cyprus in 2000. Initially, this place was created under a private collection of rare and common representatives of the feathered family. Money for the construction of the park was allocated by a businessman and nature lover Christ Christopher.
It took Christopher three years to assemble a large collection, and after that the first visitors came to the park. Later, when the number of known and rare animals increased markedly, the place was officially renamed the zoo.
Schedule and ticket prices
Due to the fact that the holiday season in Cyprus lasts from mid-April to the end of October, most local attractions adapt to this schedule. The Bird and Animal Park in Paphos works similarly. Starting from the first of April until the end of September, you can get here from 9 am to 6 pm (in August - until 19). In the rest of the year, only the closing time changes: 17 hours.
In the holiday season here, starting from noon and every 2 hours, a show is organized for guests, the main characters of which are representatives of the feathered world.
To get to the zoo in Paphos, Cyprus, you will have to pay 15 euros. The cost of a walk here, set for children aged 3 to 12 years, is 8.5 euros. Visitors under three years old can get acquainted with the fauna for free.
Territory and collection of animals
The territory is supplemented by small ponds, fountains, artificially created waterfalls and rivers. Animals live in zones, the conditions of which they tried to bring closer to natural. In the central part, a rather large artificial pond was created, in which wild birds live. For the convenience of visitors, a bridge has been thrown across the pond.
The park has a collection of more than 1,200 animals and representatives of the feathered family. In a separate area is a terrarium, which houses 210 species of reptiles. Here visitors can meet:
- large carnivores and herbivores,
- poisonous snakes
- exotic representatives caught in the tropics.
Among the unique species is the Ussuri tiger, which in the natural environment lives only in the southeast of Russia. No less attention of visitors is attracted by the Transvaal lion, which stands out against the background of fellow white wool.
Separate enclosures contain large mammals. A separate area is reserved for the elephant family. In another part, several giraffes can be found. Moreover, the latter are allowed to feed from hand. To do this, you need to purchase food for 5 euros in a nearby kiosk.
Also there is sugar oryx, in which horns reach 125 centimeters in length. Llamas, camels, zebras walk in the aviaries next to this antelope.
Children will be interested in tropical monkeys representing the family of marmosets. These relatively small animals are distinguished mainly by their ashy coat color and cheerful disposition. There are also rare representatives of the monkey family: the Oedipus tamarin, the golden-headed lion marmoset and the marmoset Geoffrey.
The collection is based on birds. About 140 species of representatives of the family of birds are represented here, half of which are on the verge of extinction. Most of the collection is made up of parrots. Other enclosures contain owls (7 species) and eagles (3 species). In addition, guests are waiting for:
- pigeons of rare species
- Turaka birds.
A terrarium can also be found on a map of the area of interest. It contains 25 species of poisonous and 20 non-toxic snakes. A separate area was taken under the reservoir in which the Nile crocodile lives. Among the poisonous and unique snakes found in the terrarium are:
- texas rattlesnake gray snake
- black Mamba,
- red spitting cobra.
Behind the glass of the terrarium are representatives of non-poisonous snakes, including the orange tortoiseshell, the Colombian rainbow big boa, and the dark tiger python.
Featuring a developed infrastructure, the zoo has a very well-groomed territory with numerous green and blooming plantings. Both local and unique plants grow on the territory. Peacocks stroll along the hiking trails between the enclosures.
Travel guides recommend visiting the attraction during the summer season in the morning or in the evening. Walking between enclosures during the day can create inconvenience, as few large trees with wide crowns grow on the territory.
There are playgrounds for children (one of them is located near the aviary with giraffes) with slides and other structures. Visitors organize sightseeing tours. If desired, guests can visit the historical museum, which contains island artifacts, and an art gallery that has collected expositions with images of the plant and animal world.
There is a restaurant with Cypriot cuisine and a bar that sells light snacks. And near the ticket office there is a kiosk with souvenirs.
How to get to the Paphos Zoo
The attraction is located at a distance of 19 kilometers from Paphos. Tourists get here by public transport, a rented car or free shuttles that depart from the Coral Bay. You can also book a shuttle service that takes you directly to your destination.
Direct public transport routes have not been laid. To get to the area with animals, in Paphos you need to take the bus number 616, and then go from the stop 1.5 kilometers.
This option is convenient in that it takes tourists when leaving the hotel. A shuttle service costs 4.5 euros for adults and 1.5 euros for children. During the winter period, transportation is carried out three times a week.
By rented car
The attraction is located relatively close to several Cypriot resorts. Therefore, you can get here from different cities. If tourists go to inspect animals by car from Paphos, then you must first get to Coral Bay, and then follow the main road to a small cafeteria. This place serves as a guide, since then drivers need to turn right, onto the road that leads directly to their destination.
Traveling by the described route takes half an hour. It is about 83 kilometers from Limassol to the park, which takes one hour to overcome, and 150 kilometers from Larnaca, which have already taken 2 hours.
For visitors near the entrance is equipped with free parking.
Hotels near Paphos Zoo
There are 28 hotels near the Bird and Animal Park. Most hotels are expensive. The minimum cost of living here in a double room exceeds 1 thousand euros per day. This is due to the fact that hotels are located next to the popular and prestigious resort of Coral Bay.
For those tourists who do not want to spend a lot of money on accommodation, but plan to visit the attraction, guidebooks recommend renting a hotel room in Miliu. This settlement is 1 km away. In local hotels, you can rent a room for a day for about 8.3 thousand rubles.
Parrots and owls will show you now
Having invented such a "brilliant" rhyme, we moved to the room where the audience was already sitting in places.
Do not be confused by the unfilled hall - for January, quite a good attendance. In the first half of the performance, "parrots" appeared, showing that they knew how to handle various sports equipment.
Then the owls entered the scene. They did not repeat the “feats” of their brothers, but simply flew over the heads of the audience. Often have you seen owls flying over you?
In general, we liked the performance. It seems that children would like it even more. And now we’ll give some background information about the park’s working hours and not only.
The cost of tickets to the Paphos Zoo. Zoo opening hours
Working hours: 9:00 - 19:00 (from August 1 to August 31), 9:00 - 18:00 (from March 28 to July 31 and from September 1 to October 30), 9:00 - 17:00 (from 1 January to March 27 and from October 31 to December 31)
Show of parrots and owls: 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 (from August 1 to August 31), 12:00, 14:30, 17:00 (from March 28 to July 31 and from September 1 to October 30), 12: 00, 14:00, 16:00 (from January 1 to March 27 and from October 31 to December 31)
Admission: 16,5 € (for adults), 8,5 € (for children from 2 to 13 years)
Web site: www.pafoszoo.com
Phone: +357 26 813852
Now it remains to find out how to get here and of course see the photo album.
How to get there. Paphos Zoo on the map of Cyprus. GPS coordinates
Those who rest in the Coral Bay area are more fortunate - they will be able to get to the park by bus 616. True, you still have to walk a kilometer from the highway to the zoo. From Paphos itself, you must first get to Coral Bay on the 615th. But you can use the special "zoo" bus. To do this, you need to purchase tickets directly at the hotel, which involves a free shuttle service. Find out more at the hotel reception.
And now we will tell for those who will get here by car. First, show the coordinates of the parking lot near the zoo.
34.894200 32.341500 - parking place near the zoo
If you are coming from Limassol, then you have to get through Paphos. It is worth warning those who completely trust the navigator, which we are, in general, as well. Most likely the navigator will lead you along the shortest path along the upper road, through various villages, almost bypassing Paphos. It is quite possible to get, except for the fact that these villages will have to make their way through the narrow winding streets. As a result, it is still unknown whether there will be a gain in speed. We ourselves made our way more than once. But we will describe a more civilian path, albeit a little longer.
So, until Paphos, we move along the A6 highway until it ends at the entrance to the city. Here we slow down on the yellow stripes applied across the road, indicating that we are now getting into a roundabout. Let's see this place on the map.
34.782340 32.444610 - turn at the entrance to Paphos
Here on this ring we turn right immediately at the first exit. Now, not paying attention to other turns, we move down towards the sea for 4 km. Here a new ring will await us. Here we turn right. If you don’t turn off, then after about 0.5 km we will hit the road where you already want to - you don’t want to, but you will have to turn off. Now, if you turn right there, then in the end we will come directly to the parking lot in the harbor of Paphos. But now we’ll go over the upper road. After the turn, we move in approximately one direction, despite the slight bends of the road. After about 3.5 km, the royal tombs will meet on the left hand, or rather a sign saying that they are here. This means that we have almost left Paphos. Now you just need to continue driving along this road for 15 km, bypassing the famous resort area of Coral Bay, banana plantations located along the road until we see a sign towards Pafos Zoo. We turn right along it and after a kilometer we are already at the goal. Rather, after the first turn, the road will soon go left, after a while, at the fork, you need to turn right, and at the next turn right again. In fact, everything is simpler than we described, because you will not pass by the signs to the park. Well, just in case, we show the turning point from the highway on the map.
34.891170 32.336270 - turn to the zoo
Well now you know how to get here. Have a good rest!
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Initially, the park was built under the private collection of wild birds of the businessman Christos Christopher. After some time, he came up with the idea to open a large public zoo. Construction continued for three years and took place in several stages. The opening took place in the fall of 2003. Many species of mammals and reptiles were added to the birds. Today the Paphos Zoo boasts the largest collection of parrot and snake species in Europe.
Children will especially enjoy the pet-friendly area where you can stroke fluffy rabbits or goats.
The Paphos Zoo contains more than 1200 different animals from different parts of the world. The visitor can see small and large mammals, predatory cats, herbivores, tropical birds, reptiles and domestic animals. A special place in the zoo is reserved for rare Amur tigers and Transvaal lions with white coat color. The zoo has also become home to families of elephants and giraffes. The latter can be fed by hand. A special feed is being sold next to their aviary. Still in the territory there are cells with monkeys, meerkats, crocodile, kangaroos, wallaby albinos, mouflons, ostriches, penguins, storks, etc. Many of them often bring offspring. It is not rare to observe their cubs, students walking on their feet.
Due to its developed infrastructure and variety of animals, the Paphos Zoo is one of the top attractions of Cyprus. Its territory is fully landscaped. In addition to paths for walking, there is a play area for children with slides, swings, carousels, etc. The playground is located in the southern sector, opposite the aviary with giraffes.
For visitors of all ages, sightseeing tours of the zoo are organized. The Museum of Natural History and the Art Gallery are also open. The first is an exposition with artifacts associated with the prehistoric animals of Crete. In the exhibition room of the gallery are paintings and photographs of wildlife, samples of traditional Cypriot ceramics.
You can have a tasty snack right at the zoo. To do this, the Flamingo restaurant with traditional Cypriot cuisine and the Macaw snack bar are inside. Commemorative souvenirs are sold in a company store next to the box office.
Prices at the Paphos Zoo in 2019
The cost of a ticket to the Paphos Zoo does not depend on the time of year. Two types of tickets are on sale: adult and children's (age 2-12 years). You can buy tickets at the box office in front of the entrance.
Admission Ticket Price:
- Adult ticket - € 16.50,
- Children's ticket - € 8.50.
When buying tickets at the ticket office of the zoo, you will receive a map of the territory showing all the sights, aviaries and business facilities.
Mode of operation
Depending on the season, the closing time of the zoo varies:
- January 01 - March 27: 09:00 - 17:00,
- March 28 - July 31: 09:00 - 18:00,
- August 01 - August 31: 09:00 - 19:00,
- September 01 - October 30: 09:00 - 18:00,
- October 31 - December 31: 09:00 - 17:00.
The entrance ticket price includes a visit to the show with the participation of parrots and owls, which is held 3 times a day on a schedule. The start time is changing, so it must be specified on the official website of the zoo.
The Paphos Zoo includes all the necessary facilities for a comfortable many-hour walk with children in its vast territory. In the territory of the zoo, in addition to enclosures with animals, educational mini-excursions, a gallery of paintings, entertainment, rest in a restaurant and cafe are organized. On the map, infrastructure objects are listed along the walking route, in accordance with the direction of clockwise movement from the main entrance to the zoo.
Paphos Zoo Map
The Paphos Zoo at the main entrance has a cash desk, an administrator's office, an information desk and a gift shop. At the box office, along with tickets, visitors are presented with a map of the territory of the zoo with a designation of tourist infrastructure and habitats for each animal species. In the gift shop, in addition to traditional gifts and memorabilia about a trip to the zoo in Paphos, authentic wooden handicrafts made by the inhabitants of the villages of the African continent are sold.
Food for animals can be purchased at the entrance to the zoo
To the left of the entrance to the Paphos Zoo is an art gallery and Museum of Natural History. The museum exposition tells about the evolution of animals, fossil animals that lived in ancient times on the island and the extinct animal species of Cyprus. The Museum's collection presents interesting archaeological finds. The zoo's art gallery displays paintings and photographs depicting birds. The gallery features exclusive works by renowned artist Eric Peake, who dedicated his talent and creativity to the beauty of birds. Exhibited in the gallery and paintings by little-known artists of Cyprus, painted in modern painting styles.
A children's playground is located in the southern part of the zoo, directly opposite the aviary with giraffes. For children of younger and middle ages there is a town equipped with slides, rope ladders, suspension bridges, play structures, swings.
Playground for children at the Paphos Zoo
A zoo in Paphos invites guests to eat a traditional Cypriot Flamingo restaurant. The restaurant offers accommodation in a cozy indoor room or on a covered veranda. The fence of the veranda is made of wood and decorated with climbing flowering plants. The restaurant serves a wide range of main dishes, snacks, desserts, wines from local wineries. The restaurant menu features vegetarian dishes. Restaurant “Flamingo” is famous for the oven-baked mutton “Kleftiko” and the Cyprus bread baked in clay ovens.
Restaurant "Flamingo" at the zoo
Paphos Zoo invites you to visit its own cactus park “Cactus Garden”. Exotic species of these prickly plants are planted on a site that simulates arid African and South American desert landscapes.
Cactus Park at Paphos Zoo
Along the walking paths for visitors at the zoo are stalls with ice cream and cold drinks. The main infrastructure facilities of the zoo have toilets, three points with stationary telephone service, a first-aid post.
Opposite the playground is the Macaw Snack Bar. In the shade of the canopies of the bar, you can relax from the hot sun who arrived at the zoo in Paphos, cool off with drinks, soft drinks and ice cream. The bar offers an assortment of light snacks, local beer. The Macaw Snack Bar is open only during the summer season.
Snack bar Macaw at Paphos Zoo
To get acquainted with the simple and unhurried life of the villagers, take a break from the heat, the Paphos Zoo invites visitors to the cool of the Cypriot House exhibition museum. The building of the house was built according to the traditional technology of the 19th century. The exterior of the house and the interiors of its rooms are decorated in the style of the mid-end of the century before last. The rooms of the Cyprus House feature household items, clothing, tools, furniture, and interior details. The items introduced in the recent past were used by Cypriots who lived in villages remote from big cities.
Exhibition Museum "Cyprus House"
For children, the Paphos Zoo has opened a mini-farm where kids can feed and play with the tame animals that live here - rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and goats. At the mini-farm, children are invited to ride a pony, take pictures with parrots and safe species of reptiles.
Mini farm with kids
The Paphos Zoo has become home to more than 1,200 animals, birds and reptiles of 210 species. The variety and quantity of rare animals of the zoo is really impressive. In the Paphos Zoo you can see large predators, herbivorous mammals, exotic animals and birds from the tropics, deadly snakes.
Rabbit on the zoo mini farm
Mammals in the zoo are predatory, domestic and wild animals of 37 species. The zoo is home to a family of Amur or "Ussuri" tigers - one of the smallest and most rare subspecies of the tiger, which in the wild are found only in southeastern Russia.
The Paphos Zoo boasts a no less rare and exotic feline predator - Transvaal (African) lions with white coat color. Two species of elephants live in the zoo - Asian and African. Elephants live in the same family and raise a cub.