Avoinna tänään 10–18

The Evenings of the Cats



The Evenings of the Cats

Saturday 19.9. is fully booked! Please see the reservation calendar in case of cancellations.

In September, Fridays and Saturdays 4.-5.9., 11.-12.9. and 18.-19.9.2020, Korkeasaari Zoo is open until dusk, when the big cats are most active. In the evening the zoo becomes a magical place with candles and lights. The species in Cat Valley get enrichment surprises, and we also focus on other dusk-time animals. You can follow light shows and enjoy your time in the nightly zoo. Korkeasaari Zoo donates part of every ticket to conservation!

Amur leopards and Amur tigers native to southeast Russia and northeast China are in danger of extinction. We rejoice that the numbers of Amur leopards are finally increasing, there is still hope! Currently there are about 100 Amur leopards in the wild, and the numbers have doubled during this decade. The Amur tiger population is five times stronger, as there are over 500 Amur tigers in the wild. The role of conservation is important for the survival of these species.

WildCats Conservation Alliance is a network of communities that actively participate in big cat conservation. Amur leopards and tigers are protected by monitoring conservation areas to prevent poaching and forest fires and by educating local people about the importance of conservation. The Amur leopard re-introduction will be a big project in the coming years.

Korkeasaari Zoo began supporting the Amur conservation project 22 years ago, and today we are one of the biggest donors in the world. Last year we raised 102 207 euros to help these endangered cats in their native environment.

Tickets

Regular autumn ticket prices apply. Korkeasaari Zoo donates one euro per Evenings of the Cats visitor to the conservation of Amur big cats! You can also enter with an annual card. Each evening is limited to 5000 guests, so in addition to valid ticket or annual card you also need a reservation for the Evening of Cats. All people in the same reservation need to arrive at the same time. The zoo is open from 10:00 to 22:00.

Saturday 19.9. is fully booked! Please see the reservation calendar in case of cancellations.

RESERVATION CALENDAR

Program

CAT VALLEY
Follow the life of the cats when they are at their most active. Listen to species introductions and expert interviews between 17:30-21:30 o’clock. The cats will get a few surprise treats during the evening, but the feedings are not scheduled to prevent big crowds. Traffic at the Cat valley will be directed one way, entrance being at the lions’ side.

THE ISLAND OF THE ANIMALS
What are the animals up to during the evening? Come and attend animal feedings between 17:00-21:00 o’clock and learn something new with our guides! You will be able to have a stroll inside the Wallaby Way. We will make every effort to keep our Tropical houses Amazonia and Africasia open; to maintain safe distances the route inside the houses is one way, starting in Amazonia.

LIGHT ART
A light path installation by Flowers of Life will light your way from the Korkeasaari bridge all the way to the Cat Valley. Later in the evening the walk paths are redirected to lit routes and torches next to the Cat Valley will represent all the amur leopards that are living in the wild.

GIANT BUBBLES
Come and discover how giant bubbles are created! Bubble workshop is open between 17:00-20:00 o’clock. The bubble artists of Ruffle Army will perform around the Zoo starting at 19:30 o’clock.

THEATRE
The Korkeasaari Zoo Theatre will make a comeback with a new cast at The Evening of Cats, and they ask: whose night is it anyway? Get ready for fun, songs and even some important matters as well. Performances are in Finnish at 18:30 and 20:00 o’clock. Duration of the performance is approx. 20 minutes.

CAT ENRICHMENTS
Get familiar with the enrichments offered to the big cats and have a crack at crafting them yourself! You can also bring your own used leather football or big stuffed toy, which we will then later on give to the cats.

FOOD & DRINK
Restaurant Pukki is open until 22:00 and Restaurant Karhu is open until 21:00. Many other kiosks and street food options also available in the zoo area!
Bistro Bron in Mustikkamaa next to the zoo tickets sales is also open until 22:00.

SOUVENIERS
Help the endangered cats by buying AMUR products at the Korkeasaari Zoo shops! Part of the sales is donated to conservation work.

Map

Map of the area

How to get there?

Bus
Local Helsinki region bus no. 16 from and to the Central Railway Station runs all year round. The travel time is 20–25 minutes. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the bus. Notice that there is no ticket machine nor a cash machine at the zoo; please have a valid return ticket before visiting, or download the HSL mobile app for ticket purcase.

Central Railway Station - Korkeasaari
16:01 16:21 16:41
17:01 17:17 17:21 17:37 17:41 17.57
18:02 18:19 18:22 18:39 18:42 18:53
19:02 19:12 19:22 19:34 19:47 19:54
20:03 20:12 20:27 20:42 20:51
21:01 21:10 21:25 21:40
Korkeasaari - Central Railway Station
Busses marked with X operate a shorter route that will not go through Kulosaari, the same goes with late-night Friday (F) and Saturday (S) buses.

16:10 16:30 16:50
17:10 17:30 17:50 17:56X
18:10 18:16X 18:27X 18:30 18:43X 18:50
19:07X 19:10 19:24X 19:30 19:43X 19:50
20:02X 20:14 20:25X 20:35X 20:40 20:55X
21:10 21:20X 21:30S 21:34 21.40S 21:46F
22:00F 22:10X 22:40S
23:10S

Metro
Kalasatama metro station is about 15 minutes (1 km) away by foot from the Zoo gate at Mustikkamaa. The metro runs every 2,5 to 5 minutes. Exit the metro station or REDI shopping mall to Leonkatu. AB-region public transport tickets are valid for the metro.

Bike
Yellow Helsinki City bikes, also known as Alepa-bikes, are available around Helsinki. Nearest city bike station from the zoo is located right next to the ticket sales. If you have your own bike, there is a parking area for bicycles next to the ticket sales in Mustikkamaa.

Etiquette for the evenings o

The safety of our customers is our top priority, but we will also need your help to make the visit pleasant for everyone. Please, take note of the following instructions.

Wash your paws with care – soap up and rub your paws like a raccoon. Use hand sanitizer as needed.

Don’t sneeze at others – the camel doesn’t use a tissue when it sneezes, but you must. In an emergency your sleeve will have to do.

Maintain safety distances – always leave a lengthy safety distance between yourself and other pack members. The gap should be wide enough for a horse to pass through.

One way paths – The Cat Valley and the Tropical houses have one way traffic throughout the night. Start your Cat Valley stroll from the Lions’ side of the valley. The Tropical houses are entered from Amazonia’s entrance. The Tropical houses will be closed at 21:30. The access to the areas might be restricted if needed.

Evening time – It is not allowed to disturb the animals with flash lights or by knocking on their glasses, or otherwise. Some of the species will retire already earlier in the evening. After 20:00 only the lit routes marked on the map are available.

We reserve the right to make changes to scedules, prices or programme.

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