The University of Ilorin Zoo
When last did you get in touch with nature to enjoy the relaxing serenity and natural setting with animals in their cages and Geese and ducks roaming freely around you as you take a walk on the grounds of a zoo? It is time to head to the Unilorin zoo.
The University of Ilorin zoo, established around August 1985 to serve as a practical centre for students of the Department of Zoology of the university, but it has now been upgraded to provides the desired recreation for fun loving members of the public and the university community.
The zoo located beside the University gate is regularly visited by children and adults both during the week, weekends and public holidays to watch the animals and also relax at an affordable rate of N200 only.
Starting with only about five species of animals, including a Python, Anubis Baboon, Patas Monkey, Tortoise and Crocodile, the zoo now boasts of about 47 species and over 230 animals.
Some of the animals currently in the zoo include Nile Crocodile, Porcupine, Lion and Lioness, Patas Monkey, Ostrich, White Stork, Black Crowned Crane, Livia, African Civet, African Rock Python, Puff Adder, Camels, Giraffes and donkeys among others.
The zoo is also an ideal location for picnics and events like birthday celebrations and parties at fixed rate.
There are snack shops where you could buy assorted snacks and drinks which you could enjoy sitting under the tree shades.
Children would love the well equipped and secure playground has slides and other equipment you would find in standard playgrounds.
For the more adventurous visitor who wants to have an experience of fear and adrenalin rush, the recently added 150 meters high canopy walk-way, is a test of courage and provides an interesting and unique experience for children and adults alike.
The spectacular tree top view and the distance from the ground is an experience worth having. Words cannot explain the light headed feeling one gets from the climb. It takes courage to climb the suspended canopy walk-way. It is usual to find visitors on the ground encouraging those who are climbing the suspended canopy walk-way.
Plans are under way for the zoo to have a media centre very soon, where children can watch video clips and documentaries on animals. There is also a new garden located close to the Lake side, to cater for guests who just want a relief from the hustle and bustle of the city to relax in a serene garden.
The zoo is opened from 7am to 6:30 or 7pm daily.
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