Sofia Zoo
Sofia Zoo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Coordinates: 42°39′29″N 23°19′55″E  /  42.65806°N 23.33194°E  / 42.65806; 23.33194 Sofia Zoo The eastern entrance Date opened 1888 Location Sofia, Bulgaria Land area 230,000 m² Number of animals 1113 Number of species 244 Website http://zoosofia.com/ The bird cage and the pelican pond Sofia Zoo in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was founded by royal decree on 1 May 1888, and is Bulgaria's oldest and largest zoological garden. It has an area of 230,000 m² and, as of March 2006, housed 1,113 animals representing 244 species. [ edit] History Initially, 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). Sofia Zoo moved from its former location to a new site south of the centre of Sofia in 1984. Entry costs in 2007 were 1 Lev (approx 0.5 Euro) for adults and 0.5 BGN for Children over 7 years old. Children younger than 7 years old can enter free of charge. [ edit]

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