The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is home to more than 8,000 animals representing over 600 species. Learn more about some of our popular residents below, then plan your next visit to see them in person!

African Elephant

The African elephant is the largest living land-dwelling animal.

African Lion

African lions are the only cats known to live in groups.

Aldabra Tortoise

The Aldabra tortoise is one of the largest tortoises, second only to the Galapagos tortoise.

American Beaver

The American beaver is North America’s largest rodent. They are known for building dams, canals, and lodges.

Amur Tiger

Amur tigers are also known as the Siberian, Manchurian, Altaic, Korean, North China, or Ussuri tiger.

Barn Owl

Barn owls are sometimes called “monkey owls” in reference to their peculiar white, heart-shaped face. They were once plentiful across Pennsylvania.

Black Rhinoceros

These large mammals live in the bush country, grasslands, and woodlands of Africa.

Blacktip reef shark

As its name suggests, the blacktip reef shark is easily identified by the namesake-colored tips of its fins.

California Sea Lion

California sea lions are warm-blooded coastal dwelling mammals that glide easily through the water with their torpedo-shaped bodies and propelled by their “winged feet.”


Sometimes confused with leopards, cheetahs have spots instead of rosettes. Cheetahs also have distinctive markings on their face, known as tear stripes.


Flamingos are widely known for their beautiful vibrant feathers. Males are taller and weigh more than females.

Grant’s Zebra

The Grant Zebra is the smallest of the subspecies of plains zebras. They are sometimes referred to as the African version of the horse.

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon is a venomous species of lizard and the largest living species of lizard.

Kunekune pig

Kunekune pigs are a relatively small breed of pig, reaching weights of around 120 to 240 pounds. They are native to New Zealand.

Masai Giraffe

The Masai giraffe, also known as the Kilimanjaro giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal on earth.


The meerkat is a small carnivorous mammal and a member of the mongoose family. The name “meerkat” comes from the Afrikaans language.


The Ostrich is characterized by its long neck and legs, and its ability to run at speeds reaching 45 mph.

philippine crocodile

The Philippine crocodile is the most threatened crocodile species in the world due to habitat destruction.

Polar Bear

The polar bear is native to the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding seas. It is the largest carnivore found on land.


The red kangaroo is both Australia’s largest mammal and the world’s biggest marsupial. 

Red Panda

Red pandas are named after their fire-red coat that is also blended with white and black to provides perfect camouflage in the wild.


This pig gets its name from the three pairs of fleshy bumps on their face.


Animals Through the Zoo

Look for your favorite animals and encounter new species as you travel through the Zoo. The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is a living park with live animals; animals may move off their public habitat at times. View our map to get your bearings, then plan your visit to check for any modified operations and get tickets.

Forest Passage

  • Canadian Lynx
  • Amur Tiger
  • Red Panda
  • Komodo Dragon

African Savanna

  • Flamingo
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • African Lion
  • Galapagos Tortoise
  • Amur Leopard
  • Nyala
  • Ostrich
  • African Elephant
  • Masai Giraffe
  • Grant’s Zebra
  • Cheetah

Tropical Forest

  • Lemur
  • Saki
  • Colobus
  • Black Howler
  • Capuchin
  • Blue Monkey
  • Gibbon
  • Two-Toed Sloth
  • Orangutan
  • Western Lowland Gorilla

The Islands

  • Philippine Crocodile
  • False gharial
  • Siamang
  • Aldabra Tortoise
  • Visayan Warty Pig
  • Clouded Leopard

Jungle Odyssey

  • Pygmy Hippopotamus
  • Giant Anteater
  • Ocelot
  • Fossa


  • North American Native Fishes
  • Temperate Ocean Animals
  • Tropical Ocean Animals
  • Sea Turtles
  • Penguins
  • Jellyfish
  • Eels
  • Sharks
  • Stingrays

Water’s Edge

  • Polar Bear
  • Sea Otter
  • Northern Elephant Seal
  • California Sea Lion

Kids Kingdom

  • California Sea Lion
  • Alpaca
  • River Otter
  • Beaver
  • Barn Owl
  • Red-necked wallaby
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Alligator
  • Kunekune Pig
  • Donkey
  • Goat

Worlds of Discovery

  • Venomous Reptiles
  • Lake Malawi Cichlids
  • Yellow-Footed Tortoise
  • Naked Mole-Rat
  • Bat
  • Meerkat

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