UI Zoo was our next stop on our Ibadan adventure. 

The University of Ibadan Zoological Garden was established in 1948 primarily as Menagerie to support teaching and research in the Department of Zoology. With time the animal collection grew in number and diversity and the Menagerie gradually became a full fledged Zoo in 1974. It welcomes a large number of visitors from far and near every year.
The University of Ibadan Zoo, like most modern zoos, displays wild animals primarily for the conservation of endangered species, as well as for research purposes and education, and so also for the entertainment of visitors.
The garden is home to a wide array of animals comprising mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. [Source]

First Impression: 

The attitude of the woman at the pay point was also not nice at all. My cousin made a statement that it’s how they are in Ibadan, lol.  There were vendors outside that sold snacks and drinks.

When you enter, you’d start by seeing a few animals and honestly not expect so much because you won’t really see from the entrance how big the place is but when you walk in, you’d see how many more animals they have.  The place also brought so many memories for my sister from her childhood excursions. Apparently, the state the zoo is in is like a shadow of itself from years ago.

Gate fee for university of ibadan zoo: 


Some of the Animals they have: 

The zoo has the most animals I’ve seen in a zoo. 

  • Geese 
  • Hyena 
  • Lion 
  • Giraffe 
  • Camel 
  • Jackal 
  • Ostrich 
  • Bob cat 
  • Snaksssss - different species
  • Crocodile 
  • Baboon 
  • Monkey - different species 
  • Crocodile etc. 

What we loved about the place?

We loved that they had a lot of animals to see. The environment looked clean and all the animals were labeled with names, Yoruba names, igbo names and a little story about them. 

The highlight of the trip for me was seeing the giraffe in all it’s glory. 

What we didn’t like?

The toilet wasn’t clean. I didn’t like that there was a vendor selling toys and marketing to the kids which I didn’t appreciate. It made our kids cry for things we didn’t want to buy. We didn’t like that some of the animals looked so lonely and unkempt. The Lion was also sleeping when we were there. 

Wished the place was more maintained than it is. 

Other things to note: 

Get some snacks and water for you and the kids. You will be tired after the walk around the zoo. 

Cuddly Ratings

I would give it 4/5 cuddly loves. 

Have you been to the University of Ibadan zoo before? What are your thoughts?