Zoo Gdańsk


City: Gdansk
Country: Poland
Voivodeship: Pomeranian
Opend 01.05.1954


Species 164


Coast City Zoo - zoo located in the Oliwa district of Gdansk. Occupies an area of 136 hectares of Tricity Landscape Park, making it the largest in terms of area facility of its kind in Poland. You meet the normal zooanimals like elephants and tigers, but also anoas

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The idea to establish a zoological garden in Oliwa first appeared in late 1940s, and it was warmly supported by the citizens of Gdańsk. The enthusiasm of people was so great that although the city's authorities were at first reluctant to support the project, the official permission to establish a zoological park was given in 1953. The park and forest complex of 100 ha located near the centre of Oliwa in the Valley of the Forest Mill (Dolina Leśnego Mlyna) was chosen for this purpose. This scenic area, with Rynaszewski stream flowing across, is also called the Valley of Bushy Mills (Dolina Krzaczastych Mlynów). It is the very heart of the Tri-City Landscape Park, characterised by movie-like landscape. As an aside, numerous Polish nature films have been shot in Oliwa Zoo. This location was chosen due to its outstanding topographic conditions and the mild microclimate of the valley, where from the end of the 19th century up to 1945 a guest-house for patients with respiratory problems and rheumatism was operating. The main building of the guest-house, farm buildings and the old water-mill with the miller's manor erected in the first half of the 19th century, were adapted to the needs of the zoological garden. Gdańsk Zoo was formally opened on 1 May 1945. The first inhabitants of the Zoo were small animals donated by citizens of Tri-city: rabbits, guinea pigs, foxes, small deer, pheasants, as well as monkeys and parrots - gifts from sailors. In May 1954 Oliwa Zoo welcomed its first European bison called Puszczan, and in June that year - a gift from Warsaw zoological garden - a couple of wolfs: Misio and Lstka, parents of numerous offspring, which may be found in many animal collections all over the world. The zoo in Oliwa was enlarged in the 1950s and 1960s mainly thanks to its staff, the Zoo's first director Michał Massalski, and the citizens of Gdańsk, who did a significant part of the job working as volunteers; thanks to them the walking trails and access roads had been built. The natural water reservoirs had been widened and deepened to adjust them to the needs of animals. The boggy areas were drained and turned into paddocks with small ponds. Enclosures for monkeys, predators and birds were refurnished and enlarged. Several new paddocks for hoofed mammals were built, while llamas and mountain sheep got the substitute of mountains in the shape of great boulders. Seals and penguins were given new pools with fresh spring water flowing in and out. The immense work done by the volunteers and enthusiasts of the Gdańsk zoological garden years ago cannot be overestimated. At the beginning of its expansion, the biggest problem of the Oliwa zoo was to assemble the collection of exotic animals, and most of all to create the best possible conditions for them to live and breed. All the efforts of the Zoo's staff were not in vain; in the mid 1980s the Gdańsk Zoohad about 800 inhabitants representing 176 species, such as the white rhinoceros, polar bears, Asiatic black bear, common marmosets and ring-tailed lemurs. At that time the Zoo had 400 000 visitors per year. Since 1991, as Michal Targowski was appointed the Zoo's director, the collection of animals in Oliwa Zoo is regularly extended, gaining many rare species listed as threatened: pygmy hippopotamuses, orangutans, maned wolfs, Arabian oryxes, Somalian asses, anoas, Javan lutungs, colobus monkeys, jackass penguins and mandrills. In return for quarantining 50 Bactrian camels from Kazakhstan, the Zoo received a herd of dromedaries and Bactrian camels, llamas, flamingos and pelicans. The “Children’s Zoo" was opened for the youngest visitors. It is very popular with children and it has about 15 000 young visitors every year. Students from primary, middle and high schools are invited to participate in workshops organized in the multimedia centre, opened for educational purposes. At the moment, about 3 000 pupils take part in such classes within a year. In 2001 the first part of the pavilion for birds and reptiles was opened for visitors. Since 2003, when the second part of the pavilion was opened, the visitors can admire about 30 species of parrots and 16 species of reptiles year round. In summer 2005 walking trails were hardened with brick pavements, which made them more accessible for handicapped people and families with children. In autumn 2005 new enclosures for the monkeys were opened. They are also available for visitors year round. The projects of building two pavilions for giraffes and a 2 ha paddock for lions are under way. All reconstruction works in Oliwa Zoo are conducted according to the latest requirements of the European Association of Zoological Gardens (EAZA), of which Oliwa Zoo is member since 1993. As the subsidies are granted to the Zoo (Oliwa Zoological Gardens are a municipal budgetary unit) further projects of enlarging the garden towards the centre of Oliwa shall be carried on.

Last visited 2019

Phone number 058 552 17 51
Fax number 058 552 17 51
Address: Municipal Zoological Garden, ul. Karwieńska 3, 80-328 Gdańsk-Oliwa, Poland
E-mail: zoo@zoo.gd.pl

Open : minimum 9am-3pm

Entrace fee:

  • Adult 40,- PLN
  • Child 35,- PLN
  • Family* 120, PLN

*Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children

Anual card

  • Adult 100,- PLN
  • Child 80,- PLN


For kids: Playgrounds and pettingarea

Food: The Zoo has a places where you can get a snack


Taking photos: Is allowed, if publiciesed, please mention the zoo on your homepage

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After been paying the entrancefee and looking at the souvnir-booth across, we are having the childrens zoo at right. Then see some small lakes and a big villa, turning left though we meet the elephant (the zoo has one african and one asian, som thing i think is bad for a zoo especially of this size). Going along the ungulate enclosures, home for antelopes like the scimtered oryx. On the corner remember too look at th big enclosure to the right, home for the Hippo. Across we finde the Pygmy Hippo. The we follow the road around several African ungaltes, here is a big savannah with giraffes and zebras and some smaller ones, but also the home for the shetland ponys. At the cheetahs we turn right and follow the road, soon reaching a house for reptiles, fish and birds. Now passing some enclosures for herbivores and for the maned wolf, as well as the elephants again, we are reaching the African Penguins. Then looking at  the kangaroos and turning right. on the left side we are having several aviarys for monkeys and the great apes (the Zoo has the orangutan and the Chimpanzee). On the right side we finde ungulates like the fallow deer and the llama.  Also passing the cougar we go down in to the valley, to meet the moose.  going back wefollow the road to the right and see som deer. Now we have reached an special exhibition area, when i was there, there was an exhibition about dinosaurs. We follow the mainroad and as soon as possible we turn right, looking first at the roe deer and then at the donkeys. Going around the flamingo lagoon we are reaching some aviarys for birds, especially birds of prey like the Condor and owls. Up the stairs we se on the left hand the Takin and the following the Wisent. Behinde them we have the home for the Amur Tiger and the brown bear. Turning arround and looking at the Bactrian and the Arabian Camels, we se clearly the difference. The next couple of enclosures are for the camels of the New World, like the Alpaca. Then we are having a big lake, home for som funny Gibbons. Now near the Villa again we have several cages for some small felines, like the Caracal and the Lynx.

DE: Dieser grosse Zoo von Danzig (über 100 HA) beherbergt nur 200 verschiedne Arten, gezeigt weren viele huftiere, dern Afrikanischen und Asiatischen Elefanten (Leider in keiner zuchtgruppe sondern nur 1 Weibchen jeder Art) aber auch eine gute Katzen Samlung und mehrere interessante Affenarten wie der Orang Utan

DK: Denne store have, der har mere end 100 HA viser kun lidt over 200 arter. Der især lagt vægt på hovdyr, men der er er ligedes en god samling aber og små vildkatte. Det eneste der vitterlig er godt ved denne have er dens elefantholdning, da der kun holdes 1 afrikansk og 1 asiatisk elefant - istedet for en eller 2 avlsgrupper)

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