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Zoo Sofia, Sofia

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Sofia Zoo in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was founded by royal decree on 1 May 1888, and is the oldest and largest zoological garden in southeastern Europe. It covers and, in March 2006, housed 4,850 animals representing 840 species.HistoryInitially, the zoo was located in the park of the former royal palace, with the primary attraction being a Eurasian black vulture caught in Bulgaria and exhibited in a cage in the garden. Later, pheasants and deer were added to the collection, but since the exhibits and facilities of the time proved inadequate to accommodate a pair of brown bears, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria ordered a grant of land to be awarded to Sofia Zoo on the grounds of the former botanical garden, then in the outskirts of the city.Sofia Zoo's exhibition of animals constantly increased, with both local and foreign species being added. Most notably a pair of lions in 1892, which were housed in a former stable and a lion cub was born the same year.Between 1893 and 1895, new cages and buildings were constructed to accommodate the ever increasing collection of birds and mammals, including a solid three-room stone building in the back of the terrain designed to be inhabited by bears (1894), a pool where a few pink-backed pelicans lived, a building to accommodate pheasants and another one for eagles (1895).
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  • The most poorly maintained zoo I've been too. Although it's always crowded, walking is not very pleasant. The animals look sad and suffered, some look scared.  more »
  • We decided to go as we were let down by another excursion. We were staying in the city centre and were told we would have to get 2 buses there so we decided to get a taxi instead-costs 8lev. Get to th...  more »
  • It was the most interesting thing that we saw in the city. Eycharistws 3 hours walk with great ticket (4 Leva per person). + Large variety of animals. Pleasant Park. -Signs of neglect, Damaged some animals. Stink in enclosed spaces and lack of cleanliness.
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