The Alexandria Zoo (Arabic: حديقة حيوان الإسكندرية) is a zoo close to the Smouha neighborhood in Alexandria, Egypt. The zoo charges an entrance fee.It allows guests to walk around the zoo and view a selection of animals from around the world..

Description about Alexandria zoo

In fact, the Alexandria Zoo is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in wildlife and animal conservation. Located in the heart of the city. The zoo is home to a diverse range of animals from around the world, including lions, tigers, giraffes, and zebras.

Upon entering the zoo, the beauty of its lush green surroundings and the enclosures of the various animals will amuse you. The zoo features a variety of exhibits, including a large primate exhibit, a reptile house, and a petting zoo where visitors can interact with goats, sheep, and other farm animals.

In addition to the animal exhibits, the Alexandria Zoo also offers a variety of educational programs and workshops for visitors of all ages. These programs provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about wildlife, conservation, and the importance of protecting our planet’s biodiversity.

The Alexandria Zoo also has a strong commitment to animal welfare and is dedicated to providing its animals with the best possible care and living conditions. The zoo’s staff are highly trained and experienced in animal husbandry and are dedicated to ensuring that the animals are healthy, happy, and well-cared for.

Overall, the Alexandria Zoo is a fascinating and educational destination that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Its diverse range of animals make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in wildlife and animal conservation.

Alexandria Zoo
Alexandria zoo

A giraffe at Alexandria Zoo

Animals of Alexandria zoo

The species on display includes

  • Firstly, hippopotamus
  • Secondly, lions and California sea lions
  • Thirdly, striped hyenas
  • Fourthly, Zebras
  • Fifthly, scimitar horned oryx

And there is a lot that can’t be counted as a selection of bears, monkeys, Dromedary camels, Barbary sheep, black leopard, spotted hyena, golden jackal, Bactrian camel, and llama,….


In fact, the zoo also includes a reptile house and a ‘birds and small mammals’ section, as well as a museum. The reptile house is home to several endemic Egyptian species. It includes the Egyptian cobra, the Nile crocodile and the critically endangered Egyptian tortoise.

Several aviaries are home to hawks, eagles, falcons, African crested porcupines and Egyptian mongooses.

Animal welfare

By the early 2000s the zoo was in disrepair from neglect. Animal Aid Egypt, along with a group of volunteers, started helping improve the animals’ living conditions. They talked zoo authorities into freeing the zoo’s elephant from chains during the day, to roam freely, as well as building her some shade and reinforcing her night quarters. They worked with keepers to improve the chimp’s diet and added enrichment to their outside enclosures. 

Two men entered Alexandria Zoo and beat up hamadryas baboons with sticks as dozens of zoo-goers watched and laughed. Most of the monkeys fled to the top of the enclosure for safety. Several others endured beating by the men as people in the crowd shouted, laughed and clapped. The two men spent a considerable amount of time in the monkey enclosure and no security at the zoo intervened. Eventually, the men left the scene un-apprehended and without suffering any consequences.