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Barcelona Zoo

Coordinates: 41°23′12″N 2°11′25″E / 41.3868°N 2.19035°E / 41.3868; 2.19035
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Barcelona Zoo
Zoo entrance
41°23′12″N 2°11′25″E / 41.3868°N 2.19035°E / 41.3868; 2.19035
Date opened1892
LocationBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Land area13 ha (32 acres)
MembershipsEAZA,[1] WAZA[2]

Barcelona Zoo (Parc Zoològic de Barcelona in Catalan, Parque Zoológico de Barcelona in Spanish) is a zoo in the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The zoo used to be internationally known as the home of Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, who died in 2003.[3]


  • Terrarium: Opened in 1972, the Barcelona Zoo's terrarium has one of the largest reptile and amphibian collections in Europe.
  • Aviarium: The aviary was constructed in the 1970s and renovated in 2002. It houses 70 species of birds from all over the world.
  • Palmeral: Located by the zoo entrance, the Palmeral consists of thirteen aviaries with different species of macaws and cockatoos. The aviaries are made out of either colourful wooden huts or galvanised steel tube and mesh.[4]
  • Marmoset Gallery: Constructed in 1990, the Marmoset Gallery consists of indoor and outdoor enclosures for 7 species of marmosets and tamarins.
  • Sahel Savannah: A new complex was constructed in 2018 to improve the habitats for the zoo's African animals like giraffes, lions and African elephants. Vegetation from the Sahel region such as acacias, grasses and euphorbias are planted in the complex to recreate the habitat.[5][6]
List of animals
Reptiles and amphibians


On 8 December 2014, a 45-year-old man jumped into the lion enclosure. He was bitten and scratched, but was rescued and eventually recovered from the injuries.[7]

On 8 December 2020, four lions at the zoo tested positive for COVID-19.[8]


  1. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". eaza.net. EAZA. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Zoos and Aquariums of the World". waza.org. WAZA. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Snowflake: The White Gorilla". Nature. PBS. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Palmeral". Zoo Barcelona.
  5. ^ "New spaces for the giraffes and the banded mangooses". Zoo Barcelona.
  6. ^ "Animals". Zoo Barcelona.
  7. ^ "WATCH: Man rescued after lions maul him at Barcelona Zoo - National". Global News. Associated Press. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Four lions at Spanish zoo test positive for Covid-19".

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