Rotterdam Zoo

Diergaarde Blijdorp (Blijdorp Zoo), officially Rotterdam Zoo, is a zoo located in the northwestern part of Rotterdam. It is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands, and has been operated by the Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde (“Royal Rotterdam Zoo Foundation”). Divided into several zoogeographic regions, the 26-hectare Blijdorp Zoo boasts well over 180 species.

The Rotterdam Zoo moved to its new location in the Blijdorp district prior to the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II, which destroyed most of the city centre. The original zoo had been heavily damaged in a bombing two days prior to the Blitz, but it had not been touched by the main bombardment on May 14, 1940. The new zoo at Blijdorp was rebuilt slightly to the north, where it opened to the public in its current location on December 7, 1940. The new zoo was designed by Dutch architect Sybold van Ravesteyn, who designed the central railway station of Rotterdam as well. In 2007, the zoo was declared a rijksmonument.

architecture Rotterdam Zoo

Asia
Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)
Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
Demoiselle crane (Anthropoides virgo)
Bengal eagle-owl (Bubo bengalensis)
Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Fulvous whistling duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus)
Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)
Banteng (Bos javanicus)
Asian Lion (Panthera leo persica)
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)
Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)
Great hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)
Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)
White-crowned mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus lunulatus)
Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons)
Visayan spotted deer (Cervus alfredi)
Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
Steller’s sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala)
Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Plum-headed parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala)
Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)
Wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
White-naped crane (Grus vipio)
Philippine sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus)
Francois’ langur (Trachypithecus francoisi)
Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul)
Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi)

Europe
Finnish forest reindeer (Rangifer tarandus fennicus)
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common eider (Somateria mollissima)
Red kite (Milvius milvius)
Stork (Ciconia cinconia)
Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra)

Taman Indah
Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus)

Africa
Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)
Black-headed weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus)
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
West African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus)
African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)
Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Mhorr gazelle (Gazella dama mhorr)
Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)
Chapman’s zebra (Equus quagga chapmani)
Pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis)
Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Tufted deer (Elaphodus cephalophus)
Red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus)
Serval (Leptailurus serval)
Lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus)
Blue crane (Grus paradisea)
Guinea turaco (Tauraco persa)
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)
Hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Northern carmine bee-eater (Merops nubicus)
Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Rüppell’s vulture (Gyps rueppelli)
Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
Superb starling (Lamprotornis superbus)
Woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris)
Gelada (Theropithecus gelada)
Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

America
Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia)
Californian sea lion (Zalophus californianus)
Galapagos giant tortoise (Geochelone nigra)
Blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)
Green-winged macaw (Ara chloroptera)
Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
Ringed teal (Callonetta leucophrys)
Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
Thick-billed parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha)
Southern screamer (Chauna torquata)
Red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata)
Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Rhinoceros iguana (Cyclura cornuta)
Bison (Bison bison)
Prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Oceania
Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

Arctic
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)