The logo of Ljubljana Zoo
Entrance to the Ljubljana Zoo
|Date opened||10 March 1949|
|Land area||19.6 hectares (48 acres)|
|Number of animals||500 |
|Number of species||119 |
Ljubljana Zoo (Slovene: Živalski vrt Ljubljana) is a 19.6-hectare (48-acre) zoo in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It serves as the national zoo of Slovenia and is open year round. The zoo is situated on the southern slope of the Rožnik Hill, in a natural environment of woods and meadows about a 20-minute walk from the city center. The zoo is notable in that the city is at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian, Mediterranean, and Dinaric habitats and has 119 species and (not counting insects) a total of 500 animals.
In 2008 a complete renovation of the zoo that would be completed by 2016 was announced. In 2009 a new colony of saimiri arrived in their new enclosure. The same year new alpacas and red pandas arrived. In late 2009, construction of a new sealion enclosure began and as of 2013 the zoo hosts three California sea lions. In 2010 both Siberian tigers died of high age. Since 1996, it also hosted two lions (Panthera leo), a male and a female, from Karlsruhe Zoo. The male died after an orthopedic operation in 2011 and the female died due to cancer in 2013.
In 2011 a new enclosure was built to host four raccoons. The zoo also received a new pair of lynxes. In 2012 a pair of Siberian Cranes arrived and in the other part of zoo 40 greater flamingo were placed. In 2013 the zoo received the first pair of cheetahs in its history. It came from Borås djurpark in Sweden and has been placed in the former Siberian tiger enclosure, which has been redesigned. It has also been announced that a new pair of Siberian tigers would arrive in the end of August this year.
- "Ljubljana Zoo". zoo-ljubljana.si. Ljubljana Zoo. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- Štrus, Špela (2012). Štuhec, Ivan, ed. Ureditev obore za leve v Živalskem vrtu Ljubljana [Arrangement of a Lion Enclosure in Ljubljana Zoo] (in Slovenian). Department of Zoology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana. COBISS 3124360.
- "Končno smo pričeli z rušenjem najbolj zastarelih živalskih kletk" [We Have Finally Begun to Demolish the Most Out-of-date Animal Enclosures]. Si21 (in Slovenian). 3 July 2013.