Ähtäri Zoo was established in 1973 and nowadays houses 65 animal species of Scandinavian forest zone. The zoo is spread in 60 hectares, in a very nice wide natural environment, surrounded by different terrains and vegetation. There is a 3 km and a 1.5 km walking routes and approximately 300 animals. It is open every day throughout the year. The most popular animals are our bears, endangered snow leopards and new animals takinies from Himalaya, endangered as well.
Opening times vary depending on the season.
Any time can be a nice experience to explore the zoo. In this park, where nature is as authentic as possible it is likely to see the changes of nature from the first row. During spring is the time for reproduction and regeneration of many animals. In March the bear becomes a very active and more excited creature after waking up from its hibernation. The deer family increases in the spring. The birds start nesting and their eggs begin to hatch with the arrival of summer.
Ähtäri Zoo animal info daily in summer season
During summer season there is a fixed schedule with guided explanation about the different animals, this is keeping by animal keepers. The times and places are all marked in the brochure with a map received in the entrance to the wildlife park. Our animal keepers tell you about the animals and their life, habits and stories from zoo. Please, don´t hesitate to ask questions from them about animals. It is possible to arrange guided tours in English, as well. These are available after the summer season.
The excursion around the zoo can take from 2-4 hours, depending on how deep visitors want to explore, see and read about the animals. Therefore it is recommendable to bring comfortable walking shoes.
We have in Zoo entrance cafeteria and souvenir shop and inside the park is also cafeteria “Kaakkolampi” where visitors can enjoy some snacks, drinks or ice cream while enjoying the circuit. We also have two fire place and grill areas for visitors, free to use them. You can buy grill sausages from the entrance cafeteria.
Ähtäri Zoo is the most important attraction of the area and for foreign visitors it is a delightful Finnish experience. So for those who want to get familiar with Finland’s wild life in a short period of time, this is a great place to visit! Ähtäri Zoo park is located to middle Finland 3,5 hours from Helsinki by car.