If you don’t want to spend your time in Zagreb by visiting only standard tourist routes and especially if you’re coming with children, we recommend you to visit Zagreb ZOO. Surrounded by the oak trees in the green oasis of Maksimir Park in Zagreb, ZOO attracts 350 000 of annual visitors and leaves no one lukewarm. Dating back to the year 1925, Zagreb ZOO is the oldest one in Southeast Europe and is spread over 19 acres including lakes and ponds. Zagreb ZOO is a home for around 270 species and more than two thousand animals who are settled in outdoor enclosures and themed tropical houses. You have the opportunity to see rare and exotic inhabitants like the snow leopard and red panda and the most spectacular enclosure is the African lion cave “Kidepo” with exhibited 150 thousand years old lion replica.
For an even better experience there is feeding timetable for some animals when groomers will tell you interesting stories about life in the ZOO, which would give you interesting and valuable informations and insights.
There are also a lot of amusing and educative seasonal events like “Eco Academy”, “Zoo Olympics”, “Abrakadabra ZOO”, birthday kid’s parties, and if you want to immerse yourself completely experiencing what it looks like to work in the ZOO, there is “One day animal groomer program” and “Become an animal adopter” which will give you contribution in providing a better life for one animal of your choice.
Zagreb ZOO is divided into sections. For instance, you can visit Insectarium, African Village, Australian section, Tropical house…, but also the Children ZOO as well, where they keep domestic animals which are free and walking among the visitors.
The Zagreb ZOO is a place where you can spend a whole day. Buy a souvenir in a gift shop, refresh yourself in a cafe or visit the educational center. Zagreb ZOO offers their visitors historical and architectural inheritance. The most famous is a bridge with stone lions, which is popular photography spot, and the oldest object in the ZOO is “enchanted” turret from year 1926 which used to be enclosure for the beasts, but it quickly became unacceptable to accommodate such types of animals. Some of the other protected monuments that must be seen are the magnificent Egyptian statues, and the Neapolitan fisherman – a statue of a man who is fishing by the lake.
The ZOO is easy to reach by public transport and the big parking facility is located across the street, by the football stadium. The ZOO is open every day, on weekends and holidays, but opening and closing times are changing at the beginning of each month.