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Basel Zoo

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Basel, Switzerland.

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Opened in 1874, Basel Zoo has obviously had to go through some changes. Lovingly referred to as Zolli by the people of Basel the park is relatively small at 11 hectares, but with over a million people visiting each year, it’s Switzerland’s second biggest attraction after the Rhine Fall in Schaffhausen.

The zoo has the usual line-up of animal species, but with changes taking place all the time, there’s a new way to see or interact with the animals with each visit. The Etosha house and outside facilities allow for you to take a virtual journey across the Etosha savannah of Namibia, where you get to see the cycle of nature, predator and prey. The aquarium is one of Basel’s strong points, the oddly-shaped building allowing you to take a trip through the evolution of life on earth, with the growing coral reef and sea dragons of particular interest, with Basel being one of only a few European zoos with this Australian species of fish.

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Written by  John Johnston.

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