biggest zoos in Nigeria

Nigeria is known to be the home to tourist attractions, and the zoo is one of the most important tourists’ attractions that need attention. In fact, the view of the wild animal can be so captivating and intriguing. There was a time I visited a zoo in Ibadan, Seeing various animals in action really amazed me. Monkey jumping from one tree to the another, Lions roaring when it is time to feast on flesh; this is the moment the Lion is hungry for flesh.

However, I now felt reasons many people always love to visit the zoo to sight or look at how the animals live in their natural world. Obviously, the zoo attractions is known to be topmost of any tourist place in Nigeria even in the world. Although here in Nigeria, it hasn’t gotten enough attention. Which is because of the poor maintenance and management system. Regardless of this, Nigeria still has a lot of zoos in different places. In this article, I will explain the top 5 biggest zoos in Nigeria. Below are the biggest zoos that you must visit in 2020.

The Audu Bako Zoo

You will find Audu Bako zoo in Kano. This zoo is one of the indigenous zoos in Nigeria. However, it was founded in 1971 by Audu Bako, a military Governor.

As it is now, the zoo is being controlled by the Kano state zoological and wildlife management. When you visit the zoo, there are different animals that you will see. Not only that, It is a place where you will meet with different tourists, visitors from all over the country.

National Children’s Park and Zoo

This particular zoo is situated around the Asokoro district in Abuja. You can easily understand what the zoo is about from the name. It has many facilities for children making it be very homy and friendly to kids. It has a large playground for children including a lake, a refreshment centre where you can easily buy drinks and food while at the zoo. If you want a zoo where your children will like then this one will be your best choice.

Ogba Zoo

OGBA zoo as the name implies denote the location where it was sited. This particular zoo covers the large portion of the village, which is of 20 hectares and the zoo is being rated as one of the biggest in Nigeria.

Portharcourt Zoo

This zoo is owned by the state and it is located in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. You will find the zoo along the Trans-Amadi road in Obio Akpor LGA. This zoo was founded by Alfred Diete-Spiff who was once the military governor of the sate.

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Jos Wildlife Park

The Jos wildlife park is founded in the year 1957, and it was established in Plateau State. Precisely, it is located along the Miango road in Rantya.

This zoo can also be regarded as the “Jesse Aruku Wildlife park”. There is no doubt, it covers a portion of 8sq kilometres having a playground for kids, park, and a restaurant that is coupled with a museum. This makes this kind of zoo to be a spot for relaxation and fun.

Conclusively, we have just compiled the list of the top 5 biggest zoos in Nigeria in which you can just choose one that is nearest to your location. It will be good to also visit all the zoos.


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