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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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  • August 15, 2017
    In particular, I wouldn't go there. But if rain day, can go there because most of the animals are in cages inside the pavilions. Or if you need to burn a couple of hours, so it is not recommended. We went with 3 teenagers and a 7-year-old girl, they said. Even more.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Try to go on a cooler day. I was in two minds to visit and the trip advisor reviews almost persuaded me not to go. I am so glad we did. You can see that a lot of work is being done at the zoo to make ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Soviet invoice Zoo, even if well cared for, interesting that all the animals you could admire the Wolf normally very shy was present in many specimens, the new environments of felines make them see in environments that depict their natural habitat and not the cold cages, same thing for monkeys Hippo elephant and Rhinoceros, beautiful part of voltatili although the nicest remain the bears and wild boars ... to visit if you pass more than 3 days in sofia
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  • May 18, 2017
    Pros: Quite a big zoo. Cons: Far from the best zoo I've visited, and I've been to quite a few around the world. Too much concrete and caged animals. Feeling sad for all of them.
  • June 25, 2017
    Very good place for kids. It's educational. There is no activities with animals.
  • June 27, 2017
    Animals look healthy and happy but the zoo is not pretty. Loads of concrete and not much shade while wandering around.
  • June 21, 2017
    Some parts have been recently renovated wich makes it a more pleasant place for a walk plus it is probably the most affordable zoo in Europe. Can't beat it for the price
  • May 13, 2017
    Great place to take the kids on a long summer day. Lots of lovely animals and green spaces. Lots of refreshments for the whole family.

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