Darica Faruk Yalcin Zoo

Darıca Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park is located right next to Istanbul, where you can easily go every day of the week. Are you ready to go on the Darica Faruk Yalçın Zoo Tour, where you can take your child’s hand and see hundreds of animals from different geographies together?

Darica Faruk Yalcin Zoo

Darıca Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park, which is right next to Istanbul, is a nature park that you can visit with your family on weekdays or weekends. In addition to the zoo, it offers you a spacious tour in the botanical-themed nature park created on the large area where it is established.

Darıca Hayvanat Bahçesi
Darıca Zoo

Who is Faruk Yalçın?

Before visiting Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park in Darica nature park, let’s briefly know who is Faruk Yalçın who gave his name here.

It is interesting that Mr. Faruk, who attaches great importance to children, was born on April 23, 1923, just in the years when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared the Republic, on a children’s holiday. The years he received a university education in Switzerland with a scholarship, which he described as the turning point of his life, was a Golden Age for him. Faruk Yalçın, who studied engineering, returned to his country in the 1950s and continued his life as a businessman.

Similar to Faruk Yalçın, Mr. Ali Nihat Gökyiğit designed the Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden in memory of his wife and presented it to the Istanbulites. Although there are a few animal species, it does not have a variety like Darica Zoo.


This location and associated facilities may be temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. For this reason, it is recommended that you plan your journey by getting information before your trip. As soon as possible, it will open its doors to visitors again on healthy days.

In the 90s, it opened the first private zoo of our country in Darıca district of Kocaeli. He contributed not only financially but also his time, effort and knowledge and voluntarily worked personally to bring this beautiful nature park and zoo near Istanbul. Faruk Yalçın passed away in 2008.

I saw a similar one of Darıca Zoo, where both the Botanical Park and the Zoo are in the same place, in the Cologne Zoo and Botanical Garden, which we visited during our Cologne trip.

Faruk Yalçın Zoo Transportation Information

Although within the boundaries of Kocaeli, Darıca Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park, located very close to Istanbul, appeals to visitors of all ages from 7 to 77. How to get to Faruk Yalçın Zoo Park from Istanbul?

1- Transportation to Darica Zoo with Marmaray

It is possible to reach Darica Zoo by using the Halkalı – Gebze Marmaray line, which provides access from one end of Istanbul to the other. There are 2 different ways to go to Marmaray and Faruk Yalçın Zoo campus.

The first method of transportation is Marmaray and get off at Osmangazi Station and you can reach the area by using the free shuttles of Faruk Yalçın Zoo. This method is the easiest and fastest method of transportation.

At 11:00 and 13:00 on weekdays

On weekends, FYZoo shuttles depart from Osmangazi stop at 10:30 – 11:30 – 12:30 – 13:30 – 14:30 and 15:15.

Get off at the Gebze stop with Marmaray, walk to the stop in front of Gebze Technical University, which is about 10 minutes away. At this stop, you can take the bus number 17B of Kocaeli Municipality and get off at Sultan Mehmet stop and enter the zoo from there. You can reach Darica Zoo in about 2 hours and 30 minutes with this transportation route.

To go to Faruk Yalçın Zoo from Istanbul Airport, you can take the Havaist IST-1Y line bus and reach Darica from the Yenikapı Marmaray stop.

2- Transportation to Darica Zoo with Mecidiyeköy – Gebze Line

From Şişli Mecidiyeköy IETT stops, you can take the 252-Kartal bus, get off at Göztepe Bridge stop, transfer to 130Ş line, get off at Gebze Esenyalı Turnout, take the 17B line Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality bus and get off at Sultan Mehmet stop, then you can reach Faruk Yalçın Park. With this method, you can reach the zoo within an average of 3 hours.

3- FYZoo Transportation with your vehicle

You can reach Darıca Zoo by leaving the Gebze exit on the D-100 highway or TEM highway from Istanbul with your car and follow the signs. You can park your car in the paid parking lot opposite the Faruk Yalçın Zoo and enter the campus. You do not have to use the paid parking. You can also park your car in the streets near FYZoo.

Faruk Yalçın Zoo Ticket Fees

To enter the Darica zoo, you can use the BiletX pages to buy tickets online at the ticket offices at the entrance of the zoo or online. The entrance fees at the ticket office are as follows;

AgeTicket Price
4-17 years35₺
Over 65 years old20₺
0-3 YearsFree
Darica Zoo Ticket Fees

If you buy Faruk Yalçın Zoo tickets online through Biletix, you can benefit from the discount campaign. FYZoo tickets purchased from Biletix in 2019 can be paid for 50₺ instead of 55₺ and 30₺ instead of 35₺.

Darıca Zoo may offer discounts or free admission for children from time to time. For example, it announces on its official website whether there will be a discount on national holidays and especially on April 23 Children’s Day or that the zoo is free.

I heard from the surroundings that teachers applied a student tariff at the entrances of Darica Zoo. But unfortunately there is no clear information on this subject.

Müzekart is not valid at the entrance of Darica Zoo, which is clearly ahead of popular review and evaluation sites.

Darica Zoo Annual Membership Rates

1- Annual Membership

The price table is as follows in order to benefit from the Standard Membership opportunities and discount advantages where you can enter Darıca Faruk Yalçın Zoo for 1 year unlimitedly;

Standart Family Membership: 300₺
Individual Annual Membership: 100₺
Student Membership: 65₺

2- Annual VIP Membership

By purchasing a VIP membership, you can enjoy unlimited access to the Zoo and Botanical Park throughout the year, special travel programs, free FYZoo parking, as well as 20% discount at Fyzoo Store, Zoo Cafe and Playground.

VIP Family Membership: 500₺
Individual Vip Membership: 200₺
ViP Student Membership: 150₺

You can browse the FYzoo site for the current price table.

Darica Zoo Working Hours

Hundreds of thousands of animal species from which is home to Turkey’s largest theme zoo Faruk Yalcin Zoo open to visitors every day of the week animal lovers.

Visiting hours
09:30 – 18:00

Darica Zoo & Botanic Park Contact

Address: Piri Reis Town. Tuzla St. No:297 Darıca/Kocaeli
Telefon: +90 262 653 66 66

Zoo Weather

Although Darıca district of Kocaeli, which is quite hot in the summer season, has an overwhelming 35-38 degrees, the trees and green areas in Darıca Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park provide a very cool environment. That’s why you don’t get overwhelmed while visiting the park. If you get overwhelmed despite this, you can cool off from the cafes and kiosks you will often come across in the zoo.

Which Animals Are in Faruk Yalçın Zoo?

Let’s get to know the sections you will see during the Darica zoo tour, which foreign visitors call “Animal Kingdom and Botanic Garden“, and some of our cute animal friends who live in these sections.

A long green road greets you at the first entrance. You will see African Lemurs in the sections protected by the net on both sides. But before these, a wooden sign welcomes us. In this brown sign, you can compare the footprints of the human footprint with the crocodile, bird, polar bear, and chimpanzee.

1- Skeleton Head Monkey

The Skeleton Head Monkey, whose homeland is South America, is our lovely friend who first met us on the Darica Faruk Yalçın Zoo Tour. It was named after the head part resembles a skeleton.

This animal, whose Latin name is “Saimiri Sciureus“, is the species with the largest brain in terms of body mass among the Monkey species. In addition to plant foods, it is fed with fruit and protein storage bird eggs.

Adults can reach a weight of 1 kg and a length of 30 cm. Average lifespan is about 20 years. Darıca is the first animal you will see when you enter the zoo.

Faruk Yalçın Zoo İskelet Kafalı Maymun
Faruk Yalçın Hayvanat Bahçesi - İskelet Kafalı Maymunlar

There is a closed area right next to the section where the skeleton-headed monkeys are located. When you enter here, you will be greeted by the “Dwarf Monkey House” with animals originating from South Africa.

Faruk Yalçın Cüce Maymun Evi

2- White Faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia)

These monkeys living in Brazil, Venezuela, Venezuela, and other South American territories are famous for being monogamous. Family ties and offspring care are extremely important. They feed on seeds, seeds, fruits and plant foods. They meet their protein needs with eggs and insects. White Sakis, which have a life span of about 15 years, can grow up to 2 kilograms and 40 centimeters.

Beyaz Yüzlü Saki

3- Armadillo (Chaetophractus Villosus)

The Latin name of the animal named “Chaetophractus Villosus”, which survives in South America and especially in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile and Santa Cruz geography, is “Chaetophractus Villosus” and they give birth to 4 babies in their natural environment in about 2-2.5 months each year in the spring season.

In the zoo, which is far from their natural habitat, they can breed in all seasons of the year. Armadillos, who like to live in the soil, are invertebrates and generally feed on worms and insects. Also, because they are very shy animals, we were able to photograph only half of their body in 5 attempts.

When it senses danger, it turns around and takes shape like a snail. This Armadillo, which can live for 20 years, can reach a weight of 3 kg and a height of 40 cm.

Armadillo (Chaetophractus Villosus)

4- Lazy Animal (Choloepus Didactylus)

You can also see the cute sloth, which we all know very well, in the “Dwarf Monkey House” area in Darica zoo. The endangered sloth is on the red list. Their natural habitat is Central and South America. It is classified as the slowest moving mammal.

They can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Since they live in an upside down state, the arrangement of the internal organs is different from that of other mammals. Even the hairs and hairs on their bodies grow in the direction of gravity. Sloths do not choose to eat because they are herbivores and carnivores.

Sloths that spend a small amount of their time awake live for 20 years. They can grow up to 9 kg in weight and 90 cm in length.

Tembel Hayvan (Choloepus Didactylus)

5- Brown Capuchin (Cebus Apella)

Brown Capuchin, found in the Dwarf Monkeys section of the Darica zoo, lives in Central and South America like its other neighbors.

Brown Capuchin

The important feature of this species is that they are aware that they see their own images when they look in the mirror. They live as carnivorous and herbivorous. Shellfish are as wise as crushing them with stones and eating them. They live up to 40 years, with long lifetimes almost close to humans. They can reach a weight of 5 kg and a length of half a meter.

Kahverengi Kapuçin

6- Aguti (Dasyprocta Azarae)

The Agutis, who live in a wide area from the Mexican coast to the southern parts of Brazil, have curved nails on their front legs. There are 3 thicker nails on the hind legs.

During only certain seasons of the year, females dig a nest in the soil and give birth to 2 or 4 babies. Fruits and roots are the leading foods he eats. The life span of the aguti is 20 years. They can grow up to 3 kg in weight and half a meter in length.

Aguti (Dasyprocta Azarae)

7- Lemurs

You can see 5 different types of Lemurs in Faruk Yalçın Zoo and Botanical Park. They are located in an area the size of a football field, insulated with the net that comes after the Dwarf Monkeys.

a. Black and White Collar Lemurs (Varecia Variegata)

This lemur species wakes up in the early hours of the morning and lives very actively until the late afternoon, that is, until the end of the afternoon. In their natural environment, they walk along forest paths and jump from branch to branch. It uses its tail both as a balance tool and as a 5th leg. It can cling to branches with its powerful tail. In this way, it can go long distances without its feet touching the ground.

They generally feed on fruit and oil seeds. Unlike many other animal species, females in Lemurs dominate over males. They mark their area and defend against other species and non-herd lemurs. They live up to 25 years with a weight of 4 kg and a height of up to 60 centimeters.

They can use their teeth just like a comb to comb the feathers of other lemurs. Females are more likely to give birth to twins. A female can even give birth to 6 offspring at a time. They build leaves out of leaves on high branches, and the offspring can stay safely when the mother goes in search of food. Puppies that reach the age of 4 months are considered to have entered adulthood.

b. Ring Tailed Lemurs (Lemur Catta)

In this lemur species, which lives in groups of twenties, the female is in the center. They lead a family life. There are defense strategies against attacks that may come from outside the herd. Baby lemurs suck on their mother’s lap or stay protected on their backs.

They feed on flowers and leaves as well as invertebrates such as worms and insects. Their tails are in the air while searching for food. They can use their queues as a means of communication. There are pioneers in surveillance. If it detects danger, it warns the group with its voice. Ring-tailed Lemurs, which reach up to 45 cm in height and 2.5 kilograms in weight, can live an average of 25 years.

Halka Kuyruklu Lemurlar (Lemur Catta)

c. Red Collar Lemurs (Varecia Rubra)

Red-collar lemurs, who spend most of their time on branches on trees, hardly ever step on the ground unlike other species. They live in groups and socialize with other family members while eating. It has almost become a traditional ritual to strengthen family ties between them. It is the type of lemur that makes the most noise.

There are 12 different tones known. Even in the forest, they can be heard and communicate from a distance. Cubs are born as twins or quadruplets. After developing in their nests in the branches for the first few weeks, they are carried by their mouths for a while and then traveled on the back of their mother. After 4 months, a lemur is considered to have stepped into adulthood quickly. With an average height of 60 cm and a weight of 3.5 kg, they have a lifespan of 30 years.

Kızıl Yakalı Lemurlar (Varecia Rubra)

d. Black Lemur (Eulemur Macaco)

Although they are called black lemurs, they can also be brown in color. Until recently they were thought to be separate species. However, both brown and black lemurs belong to the same species. There are equal numbers of males and females.

They live in groups of twenties. Family ties and defensive instincts are highly developed, as is the case with other lemurs. They don’t really like going out in the sun. Among the food they eat, they prefer invertebrates such as insects and caterpillars, as well as leaves, fruits and vegetable seeds. Lemurs, who get along with each other by screaming, live an average of 25 years. They are close to half a meter in height and 3 kilograms in weight.

e. Mongos Lemuru (Eulemur Mongoz)

Unlike the others, this type of lemurs are more active at night during dry seasons. They are worn during the day in rainy weather and winter months. The male ones have gray and brown hair. Females, on the other hand, have gray-white feathers. Females have priority over food and word. Unlike other lemurs, they communicate not with sound, but with the scent they emit. The longest living lemur species are Mongos Lemurs. During their 36 years of life, they reach a weight of 3kg and a length of 35 cm.

8- Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Giraffes, one of the most curious animals of children, are indispensable in zoos. There were 3 giraffes we observed at Faruk Yalçın Darıca Zoo. We caught him eating grass under a canopy made of reeds in a large grassy area.

The meter on the walls of the giraffe nest on the edge of the greenery was very interesting. Giraffes share their habitat with a few flightless birds in this section. The ostrich you see in the picture is one of them.

Faruk Yalçın Zoo - Zürafa

9. Kapibara (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris)

The Capybaras, the largest rodent species in the world, take their name from Brazil, Portuguese. They eat 3-4 kilograms of grass a day. They spend most of their time in water.

They can be out of breath under water for about 5 minutes. They live in groups of 10 and 20 just like lemurs. They communicate with growling and whistling sounds. They can make sounds that resemble dog barking. Capybaras, which live up to 15 years, can reach 70 kg in weight and 130 cm in length.

Faruk Yalçın Kapibara

10- Other Animals

Let’s see the other animals in the zoo with pictures;

Darica Faruk Yalcin Zoo” adlı bu yazı en son 17.01.2021 tarihinde güncellenmiştir.

We turn every gap we find into a holiday and use all the opportunities we catch to the full. Sometimes we traveled for kilometers on the stony mountain road (Adrasan) with our vehicle, sometimes we walked for hours on narrow paths with children on lap (Gelidonya Lighthouse). We were very tired but we had no regrets.

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