In 1999 a small zoo in midtown Tarsus with only a few small animals was established by the municipality of Tarsus. But its area was small and Haytap, the animal-rights-activists forced the municipality to move the zoo to a more convenient area. According to Haytap the former zoo was an animal prison rather than a zoo. The current zoo was opened on 27 December 2013. It is in the northern part of the urban fabric at . It is to the south of Berdan Dam reservoir and the picnic area. Its gate is located under the viaduct of Turkish motorway O-53.
There are currently 81 species, zebra being the last to enter the zoo. According to an announcement an elephant and a giraffe will soon arrive in the zoo.
Although the zoo is classified in category B, the zoo administration decided to apply for the A category.
The zoo is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (6 PM in summers) The admission fee is TL 8.