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Zoo Sofia, Sofia
(1/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I went with friends a while ago. The animals were great. Only the monkeys were in weird shape. But I stopped thinking about that after I tried the popcorn. Definitely try it! 
  • After a long search, because signs are missing to this zoo we finally arrived at a paltry entrance. The entry is terrible, a lot of concrete, little green. Not at all inviting. It is a fairly large Zoo, where it is worked on renewal. It is gloomy and sad to see how most of the animals here. Low maintenance to lofts. Hope the conversion that a more enjoyable Zoo is
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  • To be honest this was a very nice place with a big variety of species. Round area and buildings are not so well maintained and it seems that animals are not so well treated. Gods place for a walk thou...  more »