Unilorin Zoo : A Visit To The University Of Ilorin

Kwara State is blessed with a lot of tourist attraction areas, of which the University Of Ilorin Zoological Garden is one of them.

The Zoo is located just before the University Entrance Gate, at Along University Road, Tanke Oke-odo, Ilorin, Kwara State.

History: has it that the zoo was first established as biological garden at the mini-campus of the University in 1975 and upgraded to zoological garden in 1985 to complement the University’s Biological Sciences Departments in teaching and research.

A major attraction to the zoo which has continued to draw visitors to the zoo is the 150meters long and 45meters high suspended canopy walkway, which as at the time of visit is not operational due to ongoing maintenance .

The forest vegetation and presence of a stream which flows through the zoo creates a serene and very natural environment that makes the zoo so unique.

Animals that can be found in the Zoo includes: A Lioness, Leopard, Primates (e,g Monkeys, Baboons , Chimpanzees), Donkeys, Ducks, African Wild Civet Cats, Ostrich, Emu , Vultures, Peacock, Eagles, Mongooses, Horses , Crocodiles, Python Snakes, Hyenas and chickens  .

Entree Fee : Entry to the Zoo as at June 2021 cost N500 while discounts applies when you go in a group of 10’s .

Entry Images


Oja Oba, The King’s Market – Located In The City Of Ilorin, Kwara State (Pictures)


Animals Found In The Zoo


Ilorin International Stadium, Kwara State


Digital Photograph Services and Horse riding are also available in the Zoo for interested visitors.



  • Afeikhobe Sheidu Lucky
    September 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Hello, at what time can someone visit the zoo?

    • Admin
      October 6, 2021 at 10:05 am

      You can visit the zoo anytime from 8am in the morning .
      It’s advisable to leave the zoo premise before it gets too late.

  • Meye Ambrose Ikechukwu
    November 4, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Pls I want to know if the Zoo open on Sunday and time to visit

    • Admin
      November 5, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Hello, yes the Zoo opens on Sundays. Unilorin zoo opens from 8am in the morning.

  • Gamji Academy
    December 8, 2021 at 11:29 am

    I want to notify you that my learner will be coming on excursion visit to the zoo on 23rd February, 2022.

  • Seye Adeleke
    December 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Please will the zoo open on Sunday 26 Dec. 2021, this year’s Boxing Day? And what time?

    • Admin
      January 2, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      The ZOO opens by 8am throughout the week.

  • Adeleke Oluseye
    December 25, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I want to know if the Zoo will be open on the 26th Dec. 2021 which is a Sunday, the Boxing day for this year. And time?

    • Admin
      January 2, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      The ZOO opens by 8am throughout the week.

  • Fatiha
    April 27, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Can a picnic be held in the zoo premises

    • Kwara Connect
      April 28, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Yes, very well! Picnics are held at the zoo premises .. in fact you can get drinks, fries and small chops within the premise too .. But it’s advisable you go with your picnic provisions .

  • Wasiu
    November 5, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    How much is the gate fees?

  • […] people will head to my city’s university (Unilorin) Zoological Garden to explore the canopy walkway and see the animals, but locals know to go to Kainji National Park, […]

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