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The Johannesburg Zoo was established in 1904, and historically, it has been owned and operated by the CITY OF
JOHANNESBURG. Recently, the Johannesburg Zoo was registered as a Section 21 (non-profit) company.

The core business of the Johannesburg Zoo is the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry and medical care of wild animals. The Johannesburg Zoo contributes to the quality of life of the citizens of the city through the following:

Education: Look after the environment, it is the only one we’ve got.

For all tours, school programs, holiday programs, and youth clubs, please visit the education centre.

Conservation: Zoos work with the trees while Parks work with the forest.

Research: Problem solving to improve the stability of wildlife. This is achieved through biological conservation, animal diseases information and medical care given to animals. The Zoo contributes to research in three main ways – own research, academic research and partnership research.

Recreation: Bringing a world of wildlife to your doorstep. Relaxation in a clean, green environment, a safe and healthy family recreational venue to spend quality time in an interesting and fun way. Accessible and affordable, the Zoo is the City of Johannesburg’s world of wildlife on your doorstep.

Animal Friend

Have you ever thought about becoming an Animal friend at your local Zoo ?

How do you become an Animal Friend ?

* You choose your animal
* Decide how much money you want to spend per year
* Contact Teresa Slacke at (011) 646-2000 ext 262 or fax her on (011) 486-0244

Which animals are not available ?
All our Lions (white and brown) are sponsored by Anglo Gold so are not available at the moment

So who can you befriend ?
From Apes to Zebras – any animal in the Zoo except the Lions

Some Considerations

* You animal cannot be taken home
* You cannot have physical contact with your chosen animal
* If your animal is no longer available, it will be transferred to another one of your choice.
* Your involvement is annually
* More than one person can befriend the same animal
* The fees may change on a yearly basis

What do you receive

* Personal satisfaction
* Animal Friend certificate
* Zoo entrance vouchers
* R1000-00 and more – your name on an adoption board in the Zoo

Other Zoo Activities
* Birthdays, special occasions, festive season and Valentine gifts
* Fund-raising and community awareness for schools and companies
* Or just for yourself and your family

If you have decided to become a Animal Friend

Remember to contact:
Teresa Slacke

Tel: 011 646-2000 ext 262
Fax: 011 486-0244

Teresa is available during weekdays only

Contact details for Venue Hire: 011-646 2000 ext 223 or 263

There is a wide variety of venues for different sized groups of people and with unique and beautiful surrondings.

Contact Details:

Postal address:

Private Bag X13
Parkview, 2122
Jan Smuts Avenue

Physical Address:

Main public entrance
on Upper Park Drive

Telephone: (011) 646-2000
Fax Number: (011) 486-2866

Request for:
Arrival date:      
Departure date:
Number of adults:
Number of children:
Children ages:
Extra requirements:

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