|tourism = zoo|
|Indicates a zoo or zoological garden, where animals are confined|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
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):
- zoo=serpentarium often indoors, for snakes and other reptiles
as well as
- drive_through=yes if one can watch animals from the car.
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:
footway, path, track, service, steps,
Details about Ways
specify with bridge, tunnel,
or mark if they are limited to service personnel, or not accessible (inside enclosures, cages) with:
- access=* =private =no
Amenities in the Zoo
These are tagged either as isolated nodes or together with the building polygons.
amenity= gift_shop, restaurant, cafe, fast_food, toilet, bench, drinking_water, shelter
These are the main attractions, therefore you might add each attraction as a node with the proposed tagging:
e.g. name=African Elephant
name:de=Afrikanischer Elephant (thus adding foreign languages)
Likewise the natural=tree-tagging, you could specify:
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 natural =grassland, sand, mud, scrub, wood, wetland, water (as these structures are displayed in Mapnik, too)
and mark these areas with barrier=fence, hedge, wall, 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