Bratislava Zoo

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ZOO Bratislava
Zoo Bratislava logo
White lion at ZOO Bratislava
Date opened 9 May 1960
Location Bratislava, Slovakia
Coordinates 48°09′44″N 17°04′28″E / 48.16222°N 17.07444°E / 48.16222; 17.07444Coordinates: 48°09′44″N 17°04′28″E / 48.16222°N 17.07444°E / 48.16222; 17.07444
Land area 96 ha (240 acres)
Number of animals 1307 (2007)
Number of species 152 (2007)
Annual visitors 203,000 (2006)
Memberships EAZA[1]

The ZOO Bratislava (Slovak: Zoologická záhrada Bratislava) is a zoo in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the borough of Karlova Ves. It lies in the Little Carpathians forest. As of 2007, the zoo has an area of 96-hectare (240-acre), and is home to 1,307 specimens of 152 animal species. In 2006, the zoo received 203,000 visitors.[2]


A proposal to establish a zoo in Bratislava first appeared in 1948. Two alternatives presented for the zoo's location: Železná studienka within the Bratislava Forest Park and Mlynská dolina. The latter was chosen as the place for the new zoo, although it was first planned to be used as a part of a cultural park on the Danube riverfront.[3] It was given an area of 9 hectares (22 acres), with a potential for expansion up to 90 hectares (220 acres) Construction began in 1959, and the zoo was officially opened on 9 May 1960. The zoo has undergone two major reductions, the first in 1981-1985, as a result of sewage system and motorway feeder construction, which reduced the area of the zoo to one-third, and the second in 2003, when construction for the D2 motorway access road to the Sitina Tunnel forced a relocation of the entrance gate.


Red panda
White tiger
Snowy owl

The Bratislava Zoo contains a fine collection of a 147 species of animals and 617 animals in total. Many rare and interesting animals can be found in the zoo such as the :

In the indoor enclosures you will find numerous reptiles, birds, and mammals such as:

In addition, people can see chimpanzees and orangutans in the new Ape World building and dinosaur sculptures in the Dino Park.


  1. ^ "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums". EAZA. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Visit Bratislava - Facts and Figures (opens a page with link to PDF file)". City of Bratislava. 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "ZOO Bratislava - História (history)" (in Slovak). Bratislava Zoo. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 


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