Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan)

Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan)

Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan)
3.5
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Venture23915196840
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A zoo is a zoo - it's a bit sad for the animals, especially the primates, but it's still good fun for kids and it serves an educational purpose. In contrast to some of the earlier reviews, I had a pretty good time on my visit. The trick is visiting during the week (which you, as a tourist, can, unlike the local kids), not on the weekend and definitely not on a national holiday. The park had quite a lot of elderly locals doing their exercises. The animals were not being harassed, and most of them had plenty of space and enjoying the peace of quiet. The highlight for us were the red pandas. Whereas the giant pandas looked pretty bored, the red pandas were active and quite cheeky. The primate nursery was also very cute. It was also very interesting to see some of the small mammals native to this corner of China. The drawback of visiting during the week was that there weren't any hot food options. Plan your meals around your visit, or pack a picnic.
Written 11 October 2023
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Daphne K
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This place is a mixture of beautiful grounds and sad animals. They clearly work hard to keep the Gardens clean and nice. The animal areas were not as well tended and all the animals were either asleep or seemed depressed. Some of the exhibits were just dark with very little light. It was a very bizarre place compared to other zoos I’ve been to in the US. I would not go again for sure.
Written 7 May 2023
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annexplorer71
Brighton, IL256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Due to time constraints I was unable to go to the panda research center in Chengdu so I ventured here to the Shanghai zoo instead to see the giant panda. Seeing a panda is a must in China. This is a large zoo and has many other animals that we walked past but we only concentrated on the panda. I'm so glad I was able to see him.
Written 17 September 2022
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Adrian B
Shanghai, China230 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This was a rather sad place to visit. The poor wolves have a pitiful existence. People would feed the animals next to the sign that says "Do not feed the animals". We will not be going back.
Written 5 October 2020
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AGReviewer
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
If you ever visit China, this is one place you should definitely AVOID! I was on a business trip with 30 other people, and I can clearly remember everyone saying the same, succinct message when we departed: 'Armageddon for Animals'. Upon the group's reflection of the enjoyable and successful trip to China, we all unanimously agreed that this definitely was a place to forget, and by far the worst part of the trip.

I hope that you can read this review to save yourself from such misery and disappointment.

For starters, to call 上海动物园 a 'zoo' is the most misleading and false name for such a popular tourist attraction. This was the worst maintained, up kept and managed zoo I have ever seen in my life.

Let's start with the enclosures. The magnificent Giant Panda. All these people flocking around the enclosure to catch a glimpse. I knew I was about to enjoy this... When I finally managed to get a look, I actually questioned what I was looking at. Sitting right in front of me were two Giant Pandas, enclosed in a confined, concrete wall-surrounded room, with limited straw, just lying down. After all, there was no where else they could go. Still with high hopes that things could get better, I was shocked when I saw that pretty much every other enclosure was built in the same way, again, with limited space. For the enclosures that were different, such as the birds and kangaroos (to name a few), conditions were not getting better. There were at least 10 to 15 parrots (which were quite big) all sharing the same cage. The only birds not in a cage, the macaws, only two perches were provided, which all twenty of them had to share. The kangaroo enclosure? Some dirt enclosed by a fence...

Enclosure Location - If me and my group hadn't wandered off the main path, we wouldn't have seen some of the 'hidden' enclosures. I believe not many other people knew about these enclosures, and if they did, they were not going there and giving the animals any attention. When my group arrived at some monkey/primate enclosures, there was no-one to be seen. And we had come in the middle of the day - the zoo was far from closing time. When we walked around the concrete monkey enclosures - I was heart-broken when I saw every single monkey in the vicinity rush up from the back of their enclosures to the front glass to see us. They just looked at us when we walked past. I decided to kneel down to one monkey's eye level and he began to talk to me. When I put my hand on the glass, the monkey mirrored me. If it wasn't for the glass. Our hands would have touched. My heart broke instantly, and if that wasn't bad enough, when we had to go, it began to follow me. He went as far to the edge of its cage as it could possibly go, just so he could still see me. Its actions in those 10 seconds summed up for me what they would have experienced for years: Loneliness.

No zookeepers and animal supervision - If what I have told you already wasn't bad enough, it gets worse. This, in my opinion, was the WORST part of the zoo. When my group arrived at the bear enclosure, we were shocked by what was happening. People were enticing and incentivizing the bears to stand vertically towards the top of their enclosure towards where the people were standing, by dangling a biscuit over the edge of their open enclosure over them. Not only did they tease the bear, but then they actually fed the bear - with human food. But that wasn't all, people were taking it much further. There were people throwing food in plastic bags to the bears, and they were eating it. Watching the bears chew up the plastic bag and then swallowing it like some sort of rubbish dispenser put me to tears. Unfortunately, on this modified diet consisting of human foods, plastic, and other unhealthy rubbish, I can't see the bears surviving for much longer. Using my basic Chinese I told one person to stop, but even though one stopped, it didn't stop everyone else. There were at least 15 people feeding the bears human food, plastic, rubbish and all. What was even worse, my group went to go see a zookeeper to try and tell them what was going on, but I couldn't find one. Where were they? Was I really in a ZOO?

Happiness - Again I go back to the monkeys, and I question not only their, but all the animals' happiness. Other disheartened and depressed animals included all these exotic Australian and South American parrots. They were all clinging to the edge of their cages, yelling non-stop and as loud as they could. Walking past the kangaroos and other ground dwelling species was also extremely sad. They were all so skinny, with nothing to do and little to eat, other than stare at the dirt filled, fenced-off area that was their 'enclosure'. The overall happiness of the animals? Well, it was hard to tell whether the animals were depressed or just extremely sick.

To summarize, please do not go, especially if you are a tourist and want to tell your families back home about the amazing experience that China was.

I yearn for these animals' wellbeing.
Written 31 July 2020
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Dreamer50041229413
Mumbai, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Its a must visit during your visit to Shanghai.Layout of the zoo is good and snacks available.The Giant Panda area is the highlight.Saw a lot of birs and animals which I had never seen before
Written 12 February 2020
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KhznHao
Lianyungang, China17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Its good to go there, but will be good if that place be more cleaner.
And the directions is not clearly, im so confused when i saw directions
Written 13 January 2020
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Kazimieras B
Vilnius, Lithuania43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited Shanghai zoo on 03.11.2019. It was excellent to see nice selection of animals kept in near natural surroundings. Pandas are really beautiful!
Written 9 January 2020
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Gabijakaminskaite
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
I visited the zoo in July with friends and was shocked to see that the bears were having food thrown at them by tourists! There were signs indicating that people should not feed them, yet there was absolutely no one there to enforce this or an effort made for the enclosure to be adapted for this. These bears were eating things such as biscuits and popcorn and sweets which is absolutely unacceptable! There are serious improvements that need to be made to the well-being of certain animals in the zoo. The pandas are definitely prioritised.
Written 27 December 2019
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Prabhleen K
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The highlight of the zoo were the 2 panda bears who were munching on bamboo shoots. The zoo had other animals however most of them were either solitary or looked rather lethargic. There are refreshment booth available throughout and places to take a break. Tourists were feeding the animals even though there were 'no feeding' signs. Some of the areas looked dirty and animals were not well kept such as the elephant and hippo. Overall it was an okay visit. Just next to Metro line 10.
Written 15 December 2019
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