Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo was originally built on 55ha of land donated for recreational use in 1904 by a company owned by the late Hermann Ekstein.

It houses more than 320 species including the endangered scimitar oryx, wattled crane, black-and-white ruffed lemur, western lowland gorilla and white rhino.

African elephants are a major attraction at the zoo.

African elephants are a major attraction at the zoo. (Image: Insta_singh03/Instagram)

There are a variety of exhibits at the zoo, each dedicated to animals endemic to specific regions across the globe.

Numerous endemic and exotic ape species are housed at the zoo.

Numerous endemic and exotic ape species are housed at the zoo. (Image: Ricardo Fon/Instagram)

Amazonia is home to the spider monkey, coati, armadillo and puma; the lion enclosure houses more than 10 lions, including rare white lions; the ape house has chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans; the fastest land animal may be seen on the cheetah slopes near the African wild dog and Ethiopian jackal exhibits.

Crocodile Country is home to rock monitors and crocodiles, while a reptile house is filled with scaly and slithery species including the venomous puff adder and green mamba. The centrally located Madagascar exhibit is home to five fascinating lemur species, making it a prime attraction.

The reptile house has venomous snakes and large species such as this python.

The reptile house has venomous snakes and large species such as this python. (Image: Mia Spies/Instagram)

Other features at the zoo include an education centre and farmyard with a playground for children. 

Day and night tours are available as well as school holiday programmes, venue hire and a regular line-up of fun events.

Visiting hours

Open every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Last entry at 4.00pm