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San Diego Zoo entrance elephant.jpg
A zoo or zoological garden, where animals are confined.
Group: Tourism
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

Zoo (abbreviation for zoological garden or zoological park) is a place that has confined animals on display for viewing by the public. In addition, a zoo may also include unusual specimens of plants.

How to Map

  • Mark the whole area of public zoos and zoological gardens with the tag tourism=zoo.
  • If that's not possible, simply add a node in it's centre.

Type of Zoo

You may want to specify the type of zoo (not approved yet):

as well as

but note that an aquarium is not tagged as a type of zoo, instead use: tourism=aquarium

Information about Zoo

Consider adding the following tags


Zoos are mostly confined, therefore you might want to add extra ways for:

Mind the nodes with the type of entrances/exits:

and specify them with names where given name=North Entrance.

Ways in the Zoo

Used inside the zoo have been the following types of highway:

Details about Ways

Specify with bridge=*, tunnel=*,
or mark if they are limited to service personnel, or not accessible (inside enclosures, cages) with:

Amenities in the Zoo

These are tagged either as isolated nodes or together with the building polygons.


Specificly Zoo


These are the main attractions, therefore you might add each attraction as a node with the proposed tagging:

name=African Elephant
name:de=Afrikanischer Elephant (thus adding foreign languages)

Likewise the natural=tree-tagging, you could specify:
species=Loxodonta Africana
or connect it to a corresponding wikipedia=* page.


When adding the buildings, please do not name the building after the anmials inside, but tag these with an extra node.
Of course if the building is really named, it should be tagged so, e.g. name=Elephant House.

How to Structure

Please do not structure the zoo via multiple polygons containing e.g. leisure=park or attraction=zoo, just to make them visible in major maps.
You can do this better (because more compliant) with:

(as these structures are displayed in Mapnik, too)
and mark these areas with barrier=fence, barrier=hedge, barrier=wall, barrier=retaining_wall.

More Structural Elements

Of course, leisure=park can be part of a zoo. These are areas with lawn or flowers,
and very often you find leisure=playground for younger visitors.
Trees might be added (as a node:) natural=tree, or (as a way:) natural=tree_row.

Photo Examples

See Also

  • Wikipedia Zoo - For the wikipedia article.
  • leisure=picnic_table - For (micro-) mapping a picnic table, which are available in many zoos.
  • zoo=* - For specifying the type of zoo.