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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.

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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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