Kuwait Zoo

Parimita Barooah Bora
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Kuwait Zoo is a very entertaining place which is often visited by families. Located in Omariya, off the fifth Ring road, this animal kingdom is a major attraction for both, the locals and the expatriate. There was extensive damage done to the premises and to the animals during the Iraqi invasion. However, most of the repairs the zoo needed have been completed and the zoo was again opened after some reconstruction was done and after bringing in some more new animals in February 1993.  Though exactly not one of the best zoo, but nevertheless you will find it clean and spacious. It is quite a fun place for the kids especially if the weather is good and a perfect place for a family day out. Not only our 2year daughter enjoyed but it was a nice outing for us.

The sprawling park covers an area of around 1,80,000 sq meters and is divided into four main areas, including animal section, cultural center and life sciences division, services and maintenance sector, and veterinary clinic. Nonetheless, the animal zone is the most crowded part of the zoo. The enclosures are well maintained, the animals seem to be taken good care of and their cages are installed with A/C’s.  A variety of species ranging from the dangerous carnivores, like cheetah, leopards, tigers, lions, European gray wolves, and striped hyenas to playful monkeys, chimpanzees, ring-tailed lemurs, and olive baboons are housed here. Tortoises, crested porcupines, gazelles, giraffes, elephants, Himalayan bears, ostriches, emus, impalas, crocodile, hippopotamus, zebra, wolves and deer are some other occupants of the zoo. The aviary comprises of exotic birds, such as black necked swans, flamingos, white eared bulbul, vultures, Indian mynah, steppe eagle, variety of parrots and white pelican to name a few. The reptile section is full of creepy crawlies, including boa constrictor, sand viper, diadem snake, ball python, and green iguana. Desert animals like the camel, Karla (the kangaroo cat), desert rattle snakes, desert cobra, fennec fox, Gila monsters, elf owl, desert tortoise, white-throated wood rat, ringtail and mule deer are also seen here. We were fortunate to see the ostrich lay two big eggs just in front of us. Today, the Kuwait Zoo houses 65 species of animals, 129 species of birds and five species of reptiles. So you see, there is a lot of variety and is both an educational and entertaining place.

There is also a toy train. You will relish the experience as it takes you on a tour of the zoo. Ticket price is cheap just 250fils. There are also 3restaurants within the premises, so you can pass time accordingly and need not think about your lunch. Food is allowed inside and we saw lot of Kuwaiti and Indian families enjoying their picnic at the park of the zoo.

With a ticket price of 500fils per person (for children it is free), this place is a perfect place where your child will learn and enjoy. Also you can plan out an outing. So, next time you are looking for some animal fun, ride the road to the zoo.

Ticket Price: 500 Fils per person
Toy train ticket price: 250 Fils
Winter: 8am to 8pm
Summer: 8 am to 12noon and again from 4pm to 8pm
Phone No’s: 24733389, 24730824, 24711256
Location: Al-Omeriya off the 5th Ring Road in Farwaniya district.

Parimita Barooah Bora is a onetime lecturer and currently she is a stay-at-home mom. Having done her post graduation in English, Education and Travel n Tourism, she taught for few years until her relocation to Kuwait. She likes to share the experiences of her life as a freelance contributor to various newspapers, magazines and websites. Now, as a freelance writer and teaching children in the evenings at home keeps her busy. Member of IWIK Team.
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Narayanan Ramaswamy
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thanks for the writeup. I too visited the Zoo and found it interesting.

Here's the link:
http://ramaswamy-mytravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/visit-to-zoo-in-omariya.html

Sinagm
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
y waste your money, u can see all the animals in the Kuwaities area. Cool

Parimita
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Ya, even i found the twitter link interesting and so have shared it with the readers of IndiansInKuwait.

Parimita
Saturday, October 30, 2010
hey Puspa, how are u? will certainly let you know.

Puspa
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Hi Pari.Read all your articles.Keep writing and inform me whenever something new gets published.


Priyalakshmi B
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Such a nice zoo in a desert country!

Jaiswal
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Found the twitter link interesting.

Hansa.M
Monday, October 25, 2010
My kids are 4yrs and 6yrs.We did not buy tickets for them.

Parimita
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thanx for sharing the info Edgar.

The person in the ticket counter told me that it's free for children.

edgar
Monday, October 25, 2010
kids under 2 years is free ..

Parimita
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thanks a lot to all the readers of IndiansInKuwait for the encouraging comments.

SaiMohan
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Good that IIK have started this space for guiding the fellow Indians.Good work.

Hansa.M
Sunday, October 24, 2010
We did hear about the zoo but was not sure whether it was worthy of visit.After reading about it in IIK,and seeing the photos,we went yesterday.My kids enjoyed a lot.Infact it was a nice family outing.We have missed the enjoyment and fun all these years.



Thank you IIK And Parimita.

Parimita
Saturday, October 23, 2010
We can call the zoo in KOC Public Garden, a mini-zoo.It's very small when compared to the Kuwait Zoo. But you will find some desert animals, birds and monkeys here.Your kids will not only enjoy seeing the animals but will love the kids park which is very good.

G.C
Saturday, October 23, 2010
How big is the zoo at KOC Public Garden?

Sunit.R
Friday, October 22, 2010
I didnot know about the zoo.Such a nice zoo in Kuwait is news to me.

Thank you for the information and guide.

Parimita
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mr Khan,the park with water fountain is infront of KOC main office.The other park with kids play area,nursery,mini zoo is known as KOC Public Garden,n is near the park with water fountain.

m.khan
Thursday, October 21, 2010
what is location for ahmadi park

Reddy
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Another great suggestion/place to visit with friends and family.

A big thank you for the twitter link.

Mr.Hedge
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I agree a MUST VISIT place with kids.

Another detail description.We have visited it many times,but you have made me plan a visit again with my family.

And Thank You for the information about the mini-zoo in AHMADI area.I didnot know about it.

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thank you MrB.Bera.Enjoy the visit to the zoo with your family.

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mr Rajeev, 500 fils is the entry fee.For kids it's free.

For the toy train,it's 250fils

Lakshmi Mehera
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Nice detail description.You keep us waiting for more.



A must visit place for people with kids

Rajeev
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
500 fils is the entry fee.same is for the train inside the zoo

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
There is a mini zoo in Ahmadi area, attached to the Ahmadi park.Ahmadi has two big park's.One has nice water fountain.The other has a nursery,special play area/park for kid's and a mini-zoo.The zoo is very small but you can plan a visit if you visit the area.Both the park's are big,specially the one with zoo and you can plan any get-together or picnic.

B.Bera
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Good Job Parimita.You have made us(specially my wife and children)eagerly wait for the weekends and your articles guide us.

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
SUNDAY is holiday(closed)

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This is the link to google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=kuwait+zoo&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=35.219929,78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=Kuwait+Zoo&hnear=Kuwait+Zoo,+Al-Omariya,+Al+Farwaniyah+Governate,+Kuwait&z=14

Parimita
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
For updates about Kuwait zoo in twitter you can check

http://twitter.com/kuwait_zoo

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