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Baku Zoo, Baku

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Baku zoo is a state zoological park in Baku. It is the oldest zoo in Azerbaijan and was opened in 1928. It belongs to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and to the Mayoralty of Baku city. The total area of the zoo is.HistoryBaku zoo was opened in 1928, in the territory of a park named after Lunacharsky (today this park is named after Nizami).In 1942, a new zoo was founded on the basis of evacuated Rostov zoo, the opening ceremony of which was held after the Great Patriotic War. Until 1958, the zoological park was located near a railway station in a small square, which was later named after Ilich.In 1958, the zoo was relocated to Bayil township, on the outskirts of Baku and remained there until the middle of 1970s, when a Bayil landslide happened, during which a lion and a bear died crushed in a fallen cage. This tragic event made the city power to think about a new, safe place for the zoo, but until the decision was made, the zoo was temporarily relocated to Razin township (at present Bakikhanov township), where it was located until 1985.But during this period of time an expert group of zoologists, biologists and other specialists decided that a park located in the territory of Narimanov rayon of Baku was the appropriate place for habitation of animals. Construction of the new zoo was begun near a railway station for children, and according to the plan were allocated for it. To speed up construction it was decided to temporarily use only of the land and later expand the territory by constructing a circular railway for children at the zoo.
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  • Very sad has become in this zoo. Animals in small and dirty cages. In a cage with a parrot at all lay dead rat (((((the elk was all been wounded another partner (it was covered in blood.) water at all dirty animals (Pitty.
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  • This zoo was simply pathetic. The smell was awful. The cages were tiny and cramped. This place was a big disappointment.  more »
  • Don't waste your time going in the zoo there is a park next to it go there The smell is bad and the animals don't look in a good shape  more »
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  • terrible not even worth a star, the animals are kept behind bars!! the owner of the zoo is an animal lover and he said he would make the zoo better but he didn't#worse zoo I've been
  • Not enough big.small zoo.but beautiful animals like tiger jaguar lions bears ... Nice to see once
  • I am, in general, a pro-zoo person. However, I must admit that Baku Zoo is just begging for tons of TLC (with direct reference to the basic infrastructure, the lack of valuable engaging and interactive conservation education, and the poor animals): It left me seriously wondering what purpose it serves.... absolutely no dis-credit to the Zoo's employees, let me add ... well done, you lot! :-) If an oil-rich country cannot shrug of the shackles of a Soviet era zoo, and endear itself to animal welfare, then it simply begs real questions. It was very sad to see these animals cooped up in tiny spaces with little / no stimulation. I was shocked to see the way visitors treated the animals. For example, I saw a child of about 8 or 9 years old spitting at an emu (and his parents and siblings never blinked an eye!). I saw a father bash the monkey cage (proactively tormenting the monkeys) in front of his young kids. Numerous kids (all totally encouraged by their 'adults') were feeding animals 'human' food such as crisps ... All these experiences today put a tear in my eye! My heart bleeds for those lions, the brown bears, the pythons, the eagles, the crocodile, the foxes ... all of them. There are some simple ways to educate Azerbaijanis into the right way to manage and visit a zoo, where animal welfare is the prime goal. An easy example is to supply food at the little cafe / kiosk specifically formulated for each type of animal (and in so doing, earn some valuable income). Promote volunteers for conservation education / information purposes. Put a donation tin somewhere to encourage people to add to their AZN2 (about €1) entry fee. Encourage kids / schools / kids clubs / companies to adopt an animal / species. Do visit Baku Zoo! Please do visit this precious wee gem in the middle of Baku .... the animals need you!
  • It good place and very beautiful and very beautiful animals...realy im enjoyed in this place.
  • A very small zoo with very few animals. The cages are too small and the zoo has a few places to sit and enjoy a meal or anything. Many of the animals looked sick.

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Baku's emphasis on architectural diversity--and its fondness for constructions that put all previous buildings to shame--has yielded a range of accommodations. Look no further than the waterfront high-rises for contemporary luxury, or take a peek at the more storied surrounding boulevards for 19th-century class, with grand hotels and stylish boutiques set in Baroque and neoclassical buildings. A smattering of budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses lies throughout the city, particularly on side streets close to the main attractions and train stations.
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