Nowadays, zoos are quite important and have an educational and scientific utility. They are facilities, which may contribute to animals’ breeding and preserving, mainly in the case of rare species’ or of those facing extermination. Therefore the zoos contribute to knowing them better and are directly involved in the world nature protection strategy mainly to the rare species’ or those facing extermination. They, therefore, contribute to knowing them better and are directly involved in the world nature protection strategy. The visitors are given the possibility to getting in contact with and knowing them. They help people be aware of the emotional relationship with nature, which is necessary indeed but also with its living part.

Further the main objectives of making the zoos exist, which are a way of protecting and proliferating rare animals, they become the training and learning centre, mainly for children and pupils. The zoos are also a recreational and tourist centre meeting the requirements of all the population ages.

The Limassol Municipality should harmonize its relevant infrastructure with the European Union’s directive, related to preserving wild life in zoos. This is why the creation of a new National Zoo Park has been decided upon, but also because Cyprus needs a modern zoo, which will become the wild animals’ protection centre, as well as a training and tourist centre at the same time.

The Limassol Municipal Zoo is extended to 1 1/2 land acres. It is impossible to create, in this small area, a zoo, which would meet the modern needs with respect to animals’ breeding and being sheltered there. This is why constant efforts are made to improve the living conditions in the zoo.

The municipal council has decided to create a new zoo, a much bigger one, with a modern design, where the animals will be closer to their own environment.

The Zoo came to be operational fifty (50) years ago. Most of the big animals have been brought there from circuses, other zoos or they have been a donation.

In the Zoo there are mainly: tigers, lions, panthers, bears, zebras, monkeys, foxes, mouflon, deer, ostriches, peacocks, vultures, emu, falcons, macaws, pelicans, swans, cherry pickers and ducks.

The Limassol Zoo hosts about 300 animals and birds. There is a Natural History Museum containing a big number of stuff animals, birds and fishes. Furthermore, southern to the Zoo, along the coastal area, there is an Educational Centre, where lectures are likely to take place. Besides, films on wild life and nature are screened. The child nook is also there, where there are various interesting toys and animals, like sheep, goats, donkeys, hens and rabbits. The recreational centre and the canteen are located by the child nook.  

Nine (9) lions were born in the Zoo.

Zebras, panthers, camels, mouflons, vultures and other smaller animals have been born in captivity.  

A child festival is held there every year, during which a very complete artistic program qualified as educational one is presented.  

On Sundays a small sight touring train for the children and their parents makes a tour around the park. The children have also the possibility to have some souvenir photos taken with the small ponies.

All the citizens, companies, schools and organisms are kindly requested to contribute financially either by the project on animals’ adoption or by any other financial contribution. The reason for such a request is the big amount of expenses and the maintenance cost compared with the limited income, considering also the fact that it is a social and non profit-making making contribution.


Why do you have to think of adopting an animal?

Nowadays, the zoos are facilities of educational and scientific utility, which play an important role in breeding and preserving animals, mainly the rare ones or those which face extermination. They contribute to knowing them better and participate in the world strategy related to the protection of the natural environment.

Over the last years, the Zoo has greatly been upgraded in the context of development, as it is allowed, considering the limited space. All the animal houses and cages have been expanded and improved, while satisfying care is provided to the animals. They are also bred on the basis of their needs.

The preservation cost as well as the Zoo’s functioning is huge. This is why your own contribution is needed indeed. Therefore, the public should be sensitized and respond positively to adopting animals.

Animal's Adoption

Your visit to the Zoo is likely to become more interesting. You will have the opportunity to visit the animal you will adopt. It is expected that you or your family, a school class, a club, a foundation, an organisation or even a company are likely to adopt an animal.  

The adoption cost may be paid monthly for a six-month (6) period or a whole year. Each animal causes expenses with respect to its breeding and caring after.

You have just to choose an animal, as you wish, from the following list.

You should send your payment by post to the Limassol Municipality, 23 Arch. Kyprianos str., 3600 Limassol, Cyprus or to the Zoo’s offices.

For further information, please call the Zoo’s offices dialling 25 588345.

What to you get with the adoption?

Upon adopting an animal, you will be given an adoption certificate, the photo of the animal you have chosen, a short report on its life and a free entrance ticket to the Zoo, depending on the amount of contribution or adoption. Your name will be written on a specific Zoo board and will also be published. Any contribution, no matter the amount, is accepted. Your contribution will help improving the living conditions of the animals, the zoo’s functioning and will support the effort made to create a modern National Zoo Park.

The Zoo’s manager is a veterinary. He has been trained in various zoos in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, on the zoo’s functioning and the animals caring after. Ten (10) persons work totally at the Zoo.

The Zoo is divided in sectors according to the various animals’ species. The five (5) carers work in the sector, which they have been trained in. They deal with cleaning, breeding, looking after security issues and give, eventually, an account on their sector.

A small train passes by the Zoo’s entrance and brings visitors for a sight tour about the Municipal Botanic Garden. Events for children take also place there, like the Christmas and Easter feasts, which are an established fact.

In summer, the Zoo is open daily from 9.00am to 7.00pm
and in winter from 9.00am to 4.00pm