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Opening Hours, Location, Prices & Review
Where is it?
Drive up Salwa road to the large roundabout by the Industrial area (it's called "fort roundabout", but the fort has disappeared), turn right onto Al Furousiya Street, follow the road along and you will find Doha Zoo to your left.
According to the zoo's brochure it has over 800 specimens, but as the brochure looks like it was made in the 1970s, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of that.
Still, the zoo, while not matching the quality of large Western equivalents, makes for a pleasant day out. Many of the animals have large enclosures, with the gazelles, deer and antelope looking the happiest.
In contrast, the big cats seem bored in their much-too-small cages, and there seem to be serious problems with the elephant. There are some native Qatari species, including ostriches and Oryx. Information about the animals is provided in English, although rather spasmodically. (We'd like to tell you the animals were well-looked afterwards, but wildlife experts have told us they have serious concerns about how the zoo looks after the animals.)
There is no indoor section for the creepy crawlies you'd expect in Europe, but the landscaping, pools and flowers are very welcome in this dry country. The water and greenery attract so many birds that the bird song can be almost deafening! Children will also appreciate the play area, while adults will appreciate Islamic style gardens.
Being Qatar, there is no reason to use your legs in the zoo, a train (pulled by a tractor) is available to take you on a tour of the zoo. The trip starts and ends at the gates, staggering distance from the waiting land cruiser.
Saturday to Sunday: 9 a.m 6.30 p.m.
Tel: +974 44 68 2610