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Fun for the Family: A Day and Yangon Zoo

Spread over a plot of 82 acres, Yangon Zoo is the largest best kept secret in the Myanmar capital. Located near Kandawgyi Garden, the zoo boasts one of the country’s finest collections of flora and fauna – with over 1,200 animals from 200 different species.

Yangon Zoo

2.2 million visitors a year can’t be wrong, so read on for a brief history of Yangon Zoo, a closer look at the attractions inside and the events calendar that makes this an unmissable attraction for anyone looking to explore all aspects of Yangon.

History of Yangon Zoo

The zoo was established in 1901 in to honour British monarch Queen Victoria and was therefore given the name “Victoria Memorial Park and Zoological Gardens.” The name has since changed to reflect Myanmar’s post-colonial status, with a switch to “Yangon Zoological Gardens and Parks” occurring in 1951. 

Highlights

Attractions on offer for visitors to the Yangon Zoo include an aquarium, zoological garden and botanical garden – with a list of things to do this long, there really is something for everyone!
Expect to see rhinoceros, hippos, elephants, tigers, lions, mouse deer, red pandas, and many others throughout your day trip, as well as 300 different species of exotic plants and trees.
That many attractions can be hungry work, so pack a picnic to make the most of the zoo’s green space and gorgeous lakeside views. 

The Museum of Natural History

Yangon Zoo hosts a range of different events and shows from November to April - expect elephant circuses, snake dances and more on weekends, as well as special events during public holidays.  
If you’re looking for a combination of Myanmar heritage and animal attractions, Yangon Zoo is more than well-equipped to fill your day out with enough attractions to keep even the most demanding visitors satisfied. In fact, with so much to see, you may find yourself coming back for a second helping of fun! 

Events

Yangon Zoo hosts a range of different events and shows from November to April - expect elephant circuses, snake dances and more on weekends, as well as special events during public holidays.  
If you’re looking for a combination of Myanmar heritage and animal attractions, Yangon Zoo is more than well-equipped to fill your day out with enough attractions to keep even the most demanding visitors satisfied. In fact, with so much to see, you may find yourself coming back for a second helping of fun! 

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