Zoo of Saint Ignatius

(Zoo de Santo Inácio)

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The Santo Inácio Zoo is the largest green zoo park in northern Portugal, located in Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia and just 10 minutes from the city centre of Oporto.

With little more than a decade of existence, it became already, in the Zoo of reference of the Great Oporto. A unique opportunity to learn and see far more closely the dreaded Snakes, the swift Birds of Prey, the skilled swimmers Penguins and much, much more!


This extraordinary space was born from the dream of a family in love with nature, belonging to the Aveleda group.


It was inaugurated in 2000, with the aim of bringing the community closer to Nature and Wildlife, alerting to the growing importance of the Conservation of the Species of Fauna and Flora from all over the world.


In 2014, the Saint Ignatius Zoo joined the Thoiry Group, strengthening the movement in favor of Nature Conservation.


Saint Ignatius Zoo’s mission is to raise awareness for wildlife protection and animal welfare. All the animals received in their space live in environments according to their origins, so it is possible to see their natural behaviors.

The grid and noble mission of the Zoo of Saint Ignatius is related to the Conservation of Nature, especially of the Species that are threatened of Extinction.

In partnership with the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), the Santo Inácio Zoo participates in more than 40 European Programmes for the Conservation of Endangered Species, such as the Asian Lions, the Snow Panthers, Humboldt penguins, cheetahs, camel-Asians, pygmy hippos, and so on.

It has a total of 23 species under the European Programme for the Reproduction of endangered Species (TSEs) and 21 species under the European Programme for the Study of Endangered Species (ESB).

Opening time:

  • Summer (1 April to 14 October)

Open from 10 am to 5 pm

  • Winter (15 October to 31 March)

Open from 10 am to 5 pm

Closed on 1 January and 25 December


Note: animals are collected 1 h before the space closes.


Price of the entries:

Up to 2 years old – Free (up to 3 children per parent)

From 3 to 12 years old– 8.90€  

From 13 to 64 years - 13€

From 65 years old – 11,60€

ZooCard – 28,50€ up to the age of 12 years old or 42,00€ from the age of 13 years old

Adress: Rua 5 de outubro, 4503, 4430-809 Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

Contacts: 227 878 500 | 227 878 5001 | 935 474 200

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