Doha Zoo

Entrance to Doha Zoo
Entrance to Doha Zoo

This is a home for about 1500 animal from 147 species all over the world (I didn’t see penguin tough). Doha Zoo offers attractive landscaped areas with plenty of shades. There are platforms/elevated look out points provided for visitors to enjoy scenery and animals from above. The 42-hectare Doha Zoo is also showcasing some of the region’s desert creatures as well as many traditional zoo animals. The larger animals do not seem to have much space and can be seen pacing up and down looking less than happy. Hyena that we saw even looked sick.

Doha Zoo Map
Doha Zoo Map

There is a large children play area as well as a cafeteria. However, Konko Fun City is closed until further notice. The zoo open from 8am – noon and 2.30 pm – 7.30 pm, except for Friday mornings when it is closed. Tuesday afternoons are for ladies and children only while Wednesday afternoons are reserved for families. When we visited on last Friday afternoon, the period is reserved for family though, rejecting bachelors from entering.

Feeding (touching) giraffe is an exciting experience for kids
Feeding (touching) giraffe is an exciting experience for kids

 

Lookout point platform at Chimpanzee area
Lookout point platform at Chimpanzee area

You can reach Doha Zoo easily by  turning left to Al Furoisya Street at the intersection after Hyatt Plaza if you’re driving Al Waab St from Al Sadd, and making U-turn at the next roundabout.  Ticket price is QR5 for Adult and QR2 for Children.

The Good:

–          Clean landscaped area

–          Platform look out points

–          Desert creatures such as Oryx

–          Playground

–          Giraffe areas (you can feed them with vegetables provided; even touch his head if you wish)

–          Cheap entrance fee

The Bad

–          Stinky toilet

–          Closed Konko Fun City (which offers ferris wheel and alike)

–          Less collection of animals

–          No fish collection

–          Some drinking water coolers broken

–          No zoo tour transportation

–          No souvenir shop

Faiq & Fathan at Doha Zoo central water fountain
Faiq & Fathan at Doha Zoo central water fountain
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