Exploring Johannesburg’s Wildlife: Zoos, Animal Sanctuaries, and Nature Reserves

Wildlife at the Johannesburg zoo

Johannesburg is a big, busy city in South Africa. It is not only close to some of the most famous animal parks in the world, but it also has many places to visit right in the city where you can check out all types of wildlife. 

Montecasino Bird Gardens

The Bird Gardens are located inside the big Montecasino area. There are many kinds of African cycad plants there, creating a gorgeous setting for the stars of the show—the various species of birds. Every day, there are bird shows where you can learn about each species and watch them in their natural habitat.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

If you like unusual animals, Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is an exciting place. You can see crocodiles and other reptiles up close. There is even a special zipline called the Croc Flyover that goes right over the crocodile areas! The park also has talks to teach you about the reptiles, and you may get to interact with some of them. 

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo has the famous Big 5 animals (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo). The tours teach you about how the zoo works to protect different animal species and maintain biodiversity.

A resident baboon at the Johannesburg zoo

Lory Park Zoo

Lory Park Zoo in Midrand is a sanctuary for injured or orphaned animals. This zoo has a cozy, friendly feel. You can get very close to different kinds of animals there, such as; owls and big cats. The zoo really cares about the animals and wants visitors to learn more about them.

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

At the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, you can see amazing African wildlife right in Gauteng. The reserve has tours where you drive yourself or a guide takes you to spot rhinos, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and more animals. The preservation of natural habitats and animal populations is a top priority. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to discover fascinating facts about the local ecosystem and these majestic animals. 

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

A safe place for rescued monkeys, that teaches people about the complexities of owning exotic pets. On the guided tours, you can get up close to monkeys that roam freely in areas made to look like their natural habitats. 

Johannesburg has many different places where you can see wildlife up close. There are options that are great for all ages and interests. When you visit these wildlife spots, you have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to have fun, memorable experiences and learn about these amazing creatures and the important work these people do to protect the animals. 

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