Shenzhen Safari Park

Shenzhen Safari Park is a is the first safari in China preserving over 10,000 animals of about 300 species. Here you can see animal performances as well.

Shenzhen Safari Park, located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China, is a wildlife adventure worth exploring for any animal enthusiast or family looking for a day of fun and education. This expansive park is one of the first to adopt a ‘free-range’ approach in China, allowing many of its animals to roam relatively freely within large, open areas that mimic their natural habitats, a stark contrast to traditional zoos.

Covering an area of over 1.2 million square meters, the park is home to more than 300 different species of wild animals, many of which are rare and endangered. Visitors have the opportunity to see these animals up close, including majestic Siberian tigers, playful chimpanzees, and giant pandas, which are a highlight for many and a symbol of China’s wildlife conservation efforts.

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Shenzen Safari Park – Photo by Dinkun Chen via Wikipedia

Safari enthusiasts can embark on a self-driven tour or take a guided bus tour through areas sectioned for herbivores and carnivores, offering a rare chance to observe predators like lions and bears without the confines of cages. The park is designed with safety in mind, ensuring that while the animals have freedom, visitors are still protected.

The park also features performances and educational shows, which typically include acts by well-trained animals such as birds of prey, elephants, and sea lions. It’s important to note that while these shows are popular, visitors should be aware of and consider the ongoing debates surrounding animal performances in terms of ethics and animal welfare.

For families with children, Shenzhen Safari Park offers interactive experiences, such as feeding some of the animals, and a petting zoo where kids can get close to gentler animals under supervision. These hands-on activities are designed to educate young visitors about wildlife and the importance of conservation while still being entertaining.

The Shenzhen Safari Park Zones

Shenzhen Safari Park has three zones, which are based on the living habits of its different animals. These zones are:


The Beast of Prey Zone

This zone of Shenzhen Safari Park houses hunters of this wonderful zoo. The animals that you can encounter in this zone are lions, South China Tigers, Siberian tigers, White Bengal Tigers, cheetahs, bears, and wolves. Here, the animals are all hunters and carnivores. In Shenzhen Safari Park, you also have the opportunity to see rare Lions and Tigers hybrids like Tiglons and Ligers.


The Herbivore Zone

Shenzhen Safari Park’s Herbivore Zone is where you can see herbivorous animals. Here, you have the chance to visit kangaroos, giraffes, zebras, camels, hippopotamuses, swans, and flamingos. If you love to see the Giant Pandas -Symbolic Chinese Animal, consider yourself lucky because you can find them in this zone. If you want to know more about Giant Pandas, you should visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

The Herbivore Zone is home to the largest swan lake in China, and you can take a boat ride on it too. By riding the boat on this lake, you can have a closer look at the swans and be stunned by their beauty.

Besides the swans, the koi fish also live in the lake of Shenzhen Safari Park. The koi and the swans have developed a nutritional relationship. When the swans dip their food pellets in the water to moisten, the koi will eat these pellets when immersed in the water.


The Performance and Walking Zone

The Performance and Walking Zone is a pedestrian area for watching and enjoying wonderful performances. Here you can have a look at red orangutans and many other animals such as different kinds of birds, sea lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys, pandas, snakes, and crocodiles. You can enjoy various shows performed by these animals and circus performers from China and Russia. All of these shows and performances are very interesting, and watching them would attract you.

In this part, there are also funny wedding ceremonies performed by bears while the red crown cranes are dancing around. Another trendy and exciting performance conducted in the Shenzhen Safari Park is a show with nearly 1,000 animals alongside 300 actors. In this show, the parade leaders are elephants while other animals such as lions and tigers follow them and the pigeons are hovering over the sky.

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Safari Park of Shenzen – Photo credit: Martin Lewison via Flicker

The Ocean World and Zoological Center

The Ocean World and Zoological Center is an exciting part of the Shenzhen Safari Park. It is the largest Zoological Center in all of China, which provides a lot of information about animals for its visitors. Here, you can learn about different animals through pictures and touchscreen devices, which can be very interesting for both adults and children.

In this part of the park, you can also watch sea animals such as lemon sharks, white fin sharks, blackfin sharks, spotted dolphins, and sea lions. There is also a Happy Ocean musical drama featuring mid-air acrobatics and high diving performances by sea animals.

Performances Schedule

Beasts’ Pageant
Time Monday to Friday at 15:00, and Weekends and Holidays at 16:30
Location Performing Square
Tiger Show
Time Monday to Friday at 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (Suspended on Wednesday), and Weekends and Holidays at 10:30, 12:00
Location Tiger Leaping Gorge
Elephant Show
Time Monday to Friday at 11:00, 13:00, and Weekends and Holidays at 11:00, 13:30, 15:00
Location Wild Elephant Valley
Time Monday to Friday at 12:00, 14:00, and Weekends and Holidays at 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
Location Circus Hall
Happy Ocean
Time Monday to Friday at 15:00, and Weekends and Holidays at 12:30, 14:30, 17:10
Location Ocean World
Birds’ Show
Time Monday to Friday at 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, and Weekends and Holidays at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
Location Birds Performing Stadium
Dance with Shark
Time Weekends and Holidays at 14:00
Location Ocean World

Tourist Guide

Shenzhen Safari Park Bus

If you are not comfortable walking all around the safari park, there are shuttle buses that will take you around the park in a more convenient manner. The price of these buses is 20 Yuan per person, and when you buy it, you can use it for an unlimited amount of time in a day.

How To Get To?
By Metro Go on Line 7 and get off at Xili Lake Station. Walk toward the northeast for about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles)
By Bus Get on 36, 49, 66, 101, 104, 226, M460, M492, B736, B796, and B797 buses and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
Adults 240 Yuan
Children (1.2 – 1.5 meters) 140 Yuan
Children (less than 1.2 meters) Free
Nights 90 Yuan
Working Hours
Day  9:30 – 18:00
Night 6:30 – 21:00 (only between May and October)

It is important to mention that an adult can bring one kid for a free ticket and extra children should pay the discount fee. Which zone of the park was more interesting for you? Feel free to leave your comments and even questions for us. We are prepared to reply to the questions about Shenzhen Safari Park as early as possible.

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