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The largest zoo in Cyprus

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Paphos Zoo is the first and largest licensed zoo in Cyprus. It is also considered the most interesting one.

Крупнейший зоопарк на Кипре

History of Paphos Zoo

The project began with a man's love for birds and wildlife. Initially, the zoo was planned to house a massive collection of birds owned by a local resident, Christos Christoforou, but he decided to open it to the public so they could enjoy the magnificence of his collection. Another goal was to educate the local population about the importance of caring for and preserving all wild animals. The construction of the zoo took about 3 years, and it opened to visitors in September 2003.

Paphos Zoo Today

Paphos Zoo is the first and largest licensed zoo in Cyprus, located in lush and pristine natural surroundings covering an area of over 100,000 sq. m. It is one of the island's leading tourist attractions. The zoo is home to a vast variety of birds and animals from all corners of the globe. The collection of parrots and venomous snakes is one of the largest in Europe!

Animals at Paphos Zoo

Located just a few minutes' drive from the city, Paphos Zoo offers a chance to get acquainted with wildlife. Come and meet all the inhabitants: giraffes, monkeys, meerkats, crocodiles, kangaroos, albino wallabies, mouflons, white lions, tigers, and many more. Don't miss the performers: brightly colored macaques and clever owls. They will amaze you with their agile and amusing tricks, which they showcase daily in the amphitheater.

Among the reptiles, there are lizards, turtles, venomous and non-venomous snakes, totaling 35 species.

The largest bird collection on the island includes over a hundred species in categories such as birds of prey, cranes, pigeons, flamingos, hornbills, toucans, passerines, amazons, cockatoos, penguins, parrots, and others.

Mammals you will encounter include bats, carnivores, elephants, ungulates, marsupials, primates, and rodents.

How to Get to Paphos Zoo

The coordinates and location of Paphos Zoo are on the map below. You can also get there by transfer, which is provided with the purchase of a ticket of the corresponding category.

A bus runs from Paphos daily in the summer months (April - October) and 3 times a week in the winter months (November - March). This bus picks up guests from most hotels in Paphos and requires prior booking, which can be done by selecting a ticket on the website.

The bus runs from 09:45 to 10:30 in the morning. After completing your purchase, you will receive an email with the exact pick-up location and time based on your stay. The return transfer departs from the zoo at 14:30 — this is the only bus going to Paphos.

Paphos Zoo Opening Hours

  • August: 09:00 — 19:00
  • September — October: 09:00 — 18:00
  • November — March: 09:00 — 17:00
  • April — July: 09:00 — 18:00

Parrot Show: current schedule on this page

Contact and Tickets for Paphos Zoo

  • Website:
  • Zoo Map
  • Entrance ticket on the website: adult — 17.5 euros, child (2-12 years) — 9.5 euros, under 2 years — free
  • Entrance ticket with transfer: adult — 24 euros, child (2-12 years) — 13 euros, under 2 years — free

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