85% of the mountain area of the zoo is covered with a forest. It has 216 species[needs to be explained] and 2600 species of rare animals from around the world.
Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo has more than 4000 animals and rare species. These include white tigers, ring-tailed lemurs, chimpanzees, chromotropic pythons, and penguins. It has government-protected animals: giant and red pandas, golden and black-leafed monkeys, gibbons, red-crowned cranes, manchurian tigers, green peacocks, and alligators. There are also Asian elephants, giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, leopards, and other rare animals. Among the 20 kinds of birds are grey and blue magpies,and parrots.