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Top 10 zoos in Nigeria and their locations

Top 10 zoos in Nigeria and their locations

Zoos are the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria out of all the other attractions. Being in the presence of a wild animal is so fascinating and alluring. 

It makes sense why so many people enjoy visiting zoos to see the animals. Zoo attractions have consistently ranked among the top tourist destinations worldwide, but due to poor zoo administration and upkeep, they have not achieved the popularity they should in Nigeria. In reality, Nigeria has many zoos or animal parks in various places across the country.

The top 10 zoos in Nigeria and their locations

The Audu Bako Zoo, Kano

The Audu Bako Zoo, Kano

Audu Bako Zoo is one of Nigeria’s first zoos. It was founded in 1971 by Audu Bako, the military governor.

The zoo is managed by Kano State Zoological and Wildlife Management Agency. The zoo is a top attraction for many people, drawing many visitors and tourists from all over the nation.

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National Children’s Park and Zoo, Abuja

National Children’s Park and Zoo, Abuja

The zoo is situated in Abuja’s Asokoro neighbourhood. It features plenty of play areas for kids as the name would imply. It has a lake, a sizable children’s playground, and a location to obtain refreshments. 

Ogba zoo, Edo State

Ogba zoo, Edo State

The zoo is named after its location, Ogba, Edo State. One of the biggest in the nation, the zoo spans a vast area of 20 hectares. 

There are many lovely sites to enjoy, including the restaurant, the landscaped grounds, the big parking lot, and the picnic spaces. This is yet another fantastic family getaway.

Port Harcourt zoo, Rivers State

Port Harcourt zoo, Rivers State

It is a government-owned zoo located in Obio Akpor LGA, in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, along the Trans-Amadi road. Alfred Diete-Spiff, former military governor, established it.

Jos wildlife park, Plateau State

Jos wildlife park, Plateau State
The Jos Wildlife Park was established in 1957 and is situated in Plateau State. It is in Rantya, which is along Miango Road. 

It also goes by the name Jesse Aruku Wildlife Park and has a playground for kids, a café with a museum inside, and is 8 square kilometres in size. This offers a lot of options for sightseeing and places to unwind.

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Omu Resort

Omu Resort

A lot of attractions and animals can be seen at the privately-owned Omu Resort Zoo, which is situated in Bogije town near the Lakowe Lakes Golf Course in the Lekki neighbourhood. 

To give the animals a sense of comfort, it is located in a rainforest area. In addition to being a zoo, it has many other attractions, including a kid-friendly amusement park, a wax museum, a mini-golf course, a hook and grill, and more.

It is the first to have wax museum in Nigeria. It has a land area of about 22 hectares. 

University of Ibadan Zoological Garden, Oyo State

University of Ibadan Zoological Garden, Oyo State

 The University of Ibadan zoological garden was established for the conservation of animal life and the education of those interested in pursuing a course in zoology or animal studies inside and outside of the University of Ibadan.

OOPL Wildlife Park, Ogun State

OOPL Wildlife Park, Ogun State

The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) wildlife park is located in the centre of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The zoo is part of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library complex. The OOPL wildlife park has several animals, such as pythons, cobras, hyenas, lions, alligators, crocodiles, monkeys etc.

Imo State Zoological Garden, Imo State

Imo State Zoological Garden, Imo State

The Imo State zoological garden is located in the southeast of Owerri. It was established in 1976 to promote tourism in the state. The zoo also has a tropical rainforest serving as a conservation centre. It is available to the public from Monday to Sunday.

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos

Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos

It is the biggest zoo and conservation centre in Nigeria.

It covers a land area of more than 78 hectares in Lekki, Lagos state. It was established in 1990 as a centre for environmental education and biodiversity conservation. Numerous marsh environments can be found there, along with a variety of animal species. The Lekki Conservation Center also takes pride in having Africa’s longest canopy walkway. With many different species of animals nearby, it is the perfect area to experience true nature. 

It is overseen by the Nigeria Conservation Centre and boasts sizable wetlands that provide a haven for various animals.

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