Dyreparken Zoo and Amusement Park
The park is 11 km (6 mi) east of town. Dyreparken is a complete park, consisting of an entertainment park; a theme park; and a zoo. The zoo contains an enclosure for Scandinavian animals such as wolves and moose, a large breeding ground for Bactrian camels, and exotic animals such as alligators, orangutans, Siberian tigers and a variety of apes and monkeys. The Africa exhibition allows you to move along a bridge observing native savanna animals such as giraffe and zebras.
Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park is Norway`s most frequently visited attraction covering an area of 150 acres of wild Nordic terrain. It is totally different from other European zoos, which are characterised by bars and heavy padlocks. In Dyreparken, the animals have wide open spaces in which to roam - however, the visitors are still able to get up close to observe some of the most beautiful animals - like the red panda, which is threatened by extinction.
In an open air area you will find some of the smaller monkeys run wild amongst the trees and swing on the ropes while you can move amongst them! Inside the rain forest, in the humid atmosphere, dark and scary passages lead the way to crocodiles, alligators and many other reptiles - You will find more than 138 different species living in as much freedom as possible in a natural environment.
The park has many kilometres of good paths throughout, to enable visitors the possibility to roam for hours. Dyreparken is working very closely with the World Wild-life Foundation to help save animals under threat of extinction.
A trip to Cardamom Town (Kardemomme by) is recommended. The town is based on a well-known children's story written by Thorbjørn Egner and you will meet all the Kardemomme by's characters from the book in the park's main season!
The neigbour park, Badelandet, is a bathing area with heated swimming pools. Watch the Pirates battle it out from the Black Lady ship (Den Sorte Dame), while you enjoy an ice cream. It's paradise for both young and old...
Close to the park, we can offer you and your familty to stay overnight in a very special atmosphere. The pirate village hotel Abra Havn consists of 171 apartments. We also recommend you to check out Dyreparken Hotel, located close to the Park entrance.
The Living Park is a place to be remembered - and a Park to be revisited...