At the Estrada de Benfica lies Jardim Zoológico to the east of the Palacio de Fronteira. This zoo dates from the last century and is home to more than 2000 animals. There is much entertainment: shows featuring dolphins and sea lions, demonstrations with birds, pelicans and sea lions feeding sessions, playgrounds, and a train ride through the park.
A city trip to Lisbon is incomplete without a visit to the local zoo, the Jardim Zoológico. The zoo has had a bad reputation for a while, but the living conditions of animals in recent years have greatly improved. Meanwhile the Jardim Zoológico is known for their excellent work in the field of conservation, reproduction and reintroduction of endangered species and their scientific research. The zoo has over 2000 different animals (some 400 species), whose original lifestyle has almost been exactly replicated. Some of the species you can find are: lions, tigers, koalas, elephants, giraffes, axolotls, lemurs, etc.
Besides the usual visit to the zoo in Lisbon, you can also participate in various attractions and shows (who unfortunately are only Portuguese spoken). The most popular attractions are:
The sea lion and dolphin show: The sea lions and dolphins in the Jardim Zoológico carry out their famous tricks. The best time is when the sea lions are among the audience to give everyone a kiss. The sea lion and dolphin shows start at 11h, 15h and 17h.
Demonstrations with birds: During the ride bird shows macaws and cockatoos with jeeps and bicycles, they perform tricks on roller skates, make calculations from memory, etc. The shows will start at 5:30 p.m. and 24:30 respectively.
Feeding Sessions: At regular intervals, you can feed in the zoo of Lisbon sessions of certain animals (sea lions, pelicans) experience. The feeding sessions are daily, you can watch the sea lions at 10.30 and 14h, the feeding sessions of the pelicans at 6:15 p.m.
Reptiles Land: Daily 4:15 p.m. you can find a presentation of snakes and reptiles in the Jardim Zoológico place. Between 10am and 17h can admire all kinds of reptiles. It even pays attention to dinosaurs.
Cable Cars: The cable cars were first used in 1994, one of the biggest attractions in the Jardim Zoológico Lisbon. The carts for two people lead you through the twenty minutes long and so you let the lions and rhinos up close look. The cable cars depart at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m..
Petting zoo (Quintinha): The farm was established in 1996 with the aim to let the children learn about rural life and the contact between children and farm animals.