The zoo is located in Şahinbey secondary municipality to the west of the city at . It is next to the Gaziantep University. Its distance to city center is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) Its total area is 1,000 decares (1.0 km2; 0.39 sq mi)
The zoo was opened on 19 May 2001. The safari park, a part of the zoo was opened on 23 April 2015 and on 23 April 2017 a natural history museum was established. (Both 19 May and 23 April are national holidays in Turkey)
The area of the aviary is 400 square metres (4,300 sq ft) Its height is 30 metres (98 ft). It houses 90 species.
The area of the aquarium is 1,200 square metres (13,000 sq ft). There are 82 species of fish (both fresh water and salt water)
Each of the even-toed and odd toed ungulates has its own yard of about 20 decares (0.020 km2; 0.0077 sq mi)
There are 8 species of primates.
The carnivores such as lion, tiger, puma etc. as well as the reptiles have their summer and winter quarters.
Admission fee is TL 7 for the adults and TL 3.5 for the students and juniors.