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His­tory

Åby Manor has a long and fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. Let­ters pre­served from 1307 show that Norway’s King Håkon Mag­nus­son stayed here at that time. Dur­ing the 1500s, the manor was owned by the Galde fam­ily. It may have been dur­ing that period that the castle-​like build­ing seen on a map from 1697 was built.

Åby Manor was bought by Mar­gareta Hvit­feldt in 1661, and the deal included about 90 farms and cot­tages scat­tered over the whole of north­ern Bohus county. From Margareta’s death in 1683 until 1975, Åby was man­aged by Hvit­feldt­ska schol­ar­ship insti­tu­tion in accor­dance with her will. The manor was bought by the Swedish Rural Econ­omy and Agri­cul­tural Soci­ety, which in 1996 sold the manor and asso­ci­ated 383 hectares of land to Nor­dens Ark Foun­da­tion of which 350 are used for the zoo­log­i­cal park.

Full his­toric account to be added

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map

Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.

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