Zoo Bratislava, Slovakia
The first attempt to build a zoo in Bratislava as a first zoological garden in Slovakia, was made in the first half of the 20th century. However, due to lack of funds, the idea came to life only in the late 1950s, the main building was built in 1959, and the official opening of the zoo was held on May 9th, 1960.
Zoo successfully preserved many species of animals, including those that are threatened with extinction (panthers, hyenas, antelopes, lynxes, some species of monkeys etc.) in the following decades. Due to the construction of the highway and sanitation zone in 1981-1985 two-thirds of the area of the zoo were destroyed.
But now the government in Bratislava sees the development of the zoo as one of its priorities. Zoo consists of a set of pavilions that are constantly updated, with ungulates, monkeys, birds, mammals, reptiles, and so on. A new pavilion with white tigers opened in April 2006.
Dinopark is the special part of the zoo. The exposition of the 22 life-size dinosaurs in the woodland area of about three hectares. 14 different scenes reproduce the Mesozoic era. One corner of the exhibition is dedicated to the children’s playground and paleontological 3D-cinema.