I am pleased to notify you, in these days before Christmas when most people have time to do some reading up, about three new zoo publications on About Zoos. Stadt Haag Zoo is not a very well-known zoological institution, but one that might surprise you in a nice way according to Karol Mišovic. Sofia Zoo has an interesting and long history, while Tallinn Zoo recently opened a beautiful new polar bear exhibit and has the world’s largest collection of mountain sheep and goats. Enjoy the new reviews, pictures and videos. Furthermore, I wish you all the best for this festive season.
On 14 April 1973Stadt Haag Zoo opened its gates to the public. It was set up as a wildlife park for native species. Although most of the Austrian zoos have insufficient area available, this is not the situation in the Zoo of Stadt Haag, situated near Salaberg Castle. It spreads on 33 hectares of dispersed wooded landscape including several aquatic zones. These areas offer proper conditions for breeding of most diverse types of local and exotic animal species. But the zoo is faithful to its original intention and as a ‘Tierpark’ does not concentrate on breeding exotic animal species despite suitable nature and climate conditions, but rather offers authentic conditions for animals that are common and easily overlooked in other zoos – especially the European species. Here in Stadt Haag they try not to bite off more than they can chew. Read more
Tallinn Zoo is the only large zoo in Estonia. Having gained independence after World War I, cultural and economic development became paramount in Estonia. This enabled the establishment of a zoological garden, which was founded just before WWII and was inaugurated on 25 August 1939 at the edge of Kadriorg Park. When entering via the west entrance this 89 ha Zoo is really opening up after you step out of the entrance building. I see large ponds in front of me and large fenced off meadows to the right with Dhall’s sheep, Chinese bharal or blue sheep. A broad tarmac footpath leads towards these new enclosures, at least they seem rather new. As a matter of fact, it turns out that the whole western side of the grounds, from the new polar bear exhibit Polaarium to the Alpinarium with sheep and goat, is more modern than the rest of the Zoo. Read more
Sofia Zoo’s history goes way back. After the war between Russia and the Turkish Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria gained some degree of independence in 1878. Ten years later Sofia Zoo was founded, which makes it the oldest zoo in the Balkans. In 1984 the Zoo was relocated to its current site. I enter via the western entrance which is an inconspicuous small building with two gates and four ticket booths. This entrance is serviced by several buses. I make my way around the premises starting at the exhibits for bears, after which more or less clockwise I will be ploughing through a thick layer of snow of about 20 centimetres. At this early hour the Zoo is still rather empty, except for the people at the cashier desk, but it will not come as a surprise when the number of visitors will be low today. Read more