Entrance to the Belgrade Zoo
|Date opened||12 July 1936|
|Location||Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia|
|Land area||7 hectares (17 acres)|
|Number of animals||2000|
|Number of species||270|
|Major exhibits||Small Africa, Small Australia, Ape house, terrarium, Paradise for birds of prey|
The Belgrade Good Hope Garden (Serbian: Београдски врт добре наде / Beogradski vrt dobre nade) is a zoo located in Belgrade, Serbia. The zoo is situated at the very centre of the city, in Kalemegdan Park. The zoo was founded in 1936 and is one of the oldest zoos in Europe.
The zoo covers an area of about 7 hectares (17 acres), and has 2,000 animals representing about 270 different species. The zoo holds domestic as well as exotic wild animals.
Its present look is contributed by many built facilities, new drinking-fountains, Wooden Sculpture Gallery, the work of the sculptor Vuk Bojović and the nursery for young animals – Baby Zoo. For its 60th anniversary it was enriched with a monument dedicated to its once most interesting and most famous resident – Sammy the chimpanzee, the first of its kind ever in this Zoo.
The zoo is parted on number of sectors like Small Africa( with zebras, lions, kudus, and other african animals), Small Australia( with kangaroos, emus, wallabies,..), Paradise for birds of prey, Ape house,...
The Belgrade Zoo has 2000 animals and more than 270 species. Zoo has the biggest pride of white lions in the world, big number of tropical birds and birds of prey. Because of meaning of name Belgrade("white city"), Vuk Bojović decided to collect albino and white animals. Now the zoo has white tigers, lions, american bisons, arctic wolves, polar bears, albino wallabies and skunks. Some of the best-known animals are Muja (world's oldest aligator), Gabi(dog which saved a guard from a jaguar) and Sammy chimpanzee who escaped from the zoo twice).
- mammals: african lion (white and ordinary), white tiger, amur tiger, black leopard, cheetah, arctic wolf, brown bear, polar bear, fennec fox, balkan lynx, puma, pine marten, european badger, honey badger, small-clawed otter, meerkat, yak, american bison, barbary sheep, camel, red kangaroo, parma wallaby, harbor seal, fur seal, asian palm civet, red fox, fallow deer, grey wolf, snow leopard, serval, chimpanzee, bactrian camel, orangutan, brazilian tapir,...
- birds: emu, ostrich, greater rhea, black swan, marabou stork, ground hornbill, golden eagle, horned owl, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, scarlet ibis, american flamingo, grey crowned crane, southern screamer,...
- reptiles: cuban crocodile, burmese python, green anaconda, nile monitor, green iguana,...
- domestic animals: Pot-bellied pig, llama, guinea pig, pygmy goat, ferret,...
The zoo has a lot of endangered species.
The Belgrade Zoological Garden was officially opened on 12 July 1936, by Belgrade mayor Vlada Ilic. The zoo was initially no larger than 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres), but was expanded to about 14 hectares. During the Second World War, the zoo was bombed twice, in 1941 and 1944, heavily damaging the infrastructure and killing most of the animals. The zoo lost seven hectares of land.
Vuk Bojović became the director on 1 May 1986 until he died in 2014. Present director is Gvozden Radenković. Today, even though the zoo covers only seven hectares, it has over 2000 animals, including over 270 animals species. It is not accredited by any international zoo association because of its small size relative to the number of animals.
- In the media
There were several TV shows about the zoo:
- Priče iz zoo vrta(2009.)
- Belgrade zoo(2011.)
- S.I.U Belgrade(2011.)
A 2-year-old was attacked by a wolf on its leash.
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