Voivodeship: Lesser Poland
The Krakowski Ogród Zoologiczny (Cracow Zoological Garden) was opened to visitors on 6th July 1929. The ZOO is located on a Jurassic plateau at 345 metres above sea level, in the middle of a woodland park known as the Las Wolski or Park Miejski, which covers an area of nearly 500 hectares 10 kilometres to the west of the city center. The highest point in the Las Wolski, the Piłsudski Independence Mound, affords a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the picturesque surroundings of Jurassic hills. When it was first opened, Cracow ZOO, which was then referred to by its historical Polish name "Zwierzyniec" (Menagerie), had an area of 4 hectares and 111 animals belonging to 37 species. By 2008 its surface area has grown to 20 hectares, and there are now nearly 1500 animals in the ZOO, representing about 260 species. Cracow ZOOs most interesting animals include: the visitors favourites Citta and Baby, the Indian elephants, a herd of pygmy hippopotamuses, which are threatened with extinction, a herd of Przewalski horses, which are no longer found in the wild, Pere Davids deer, and a number of rare species of antelope, such as the addax, the bongo, the leachwe and the common waterbuck.
In the medieval Krakow, as in other capitals, there were menageries and royal game hunting grounds. The first archival references for wild animals comming to Cracow was in 1406, when a pair of lions arrived from Florence. The first zoo in Cracow was a small zoo, which was established in 1895 in Park Krakowski. After several years it closed. Before the Krakow Zoo was founded in the Wolski Forest, it exsist here since 1927, a phesantry was here. It showed beside pheasants some other animals. The idea of creating a zoo was born in 1927. A Place was selected with lakes in a clearing in the middle of the Wolski Forest, on a hill 345 m above sea level. The following year, the area was prepared, cages and aviaries where built, home for the first inhabitants. The Zoological Garden was officially opened on July 6th 1929 in the presence of President of the Republic, Ignacy Moscicki. On the opening day the zoo had 94 speciements of mammals, 98 speciements of birds, and 12 speciements of reptiles. These were mostly animals from the native fauna, but also som exotic specimens like monkeys. During World War II, Krakow Zoo was under German administration. Some animals were transported to German gardens. Six adult wisents, which were taken from the Wolski Forest died during the bombing of the Berlin Zoo. In 1963, it established an independent entity under the name City Park and Zoo. The zoo entered a period of expansion and reconstruction. In 1975, the garden area was expanded to 15 hectares. Dr. Joseph Skotnicki was the new director, who started the restauration of enclosures, cages and animal shelters. Currently Cracow ZOO is a medium sized European gardens, known around the world, actively participating in international breeding programs.
Last visited 2019
Phone number 0-12/425-35-51
Fax number 0-12/425-27-10
Address: Krakow Zoo, ul. Kasy Oszczędności Miasta Krakowa 14, 30-232 Kraków, Poland
Open : minimum 9am-5.30pm
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
After paying the entrance fee we have on the right hands aviarys for pheasants and parots, wher we have birds like yhe tragopans. and the som tamarins like the emperor tamarin. Across we are having the flamingos, befor we turn right and look at the agutis and suricats. At the ring-tailed lemurs we turn right, theire neighbours are some Ibises. On the the right hand we are having som bird aviarys with several parot species, like the macaws. Across are som water birds, and also soon on the right hand. This we follow on tul we look at the otters. Now following are som aviarys for small cats like the Jaguarundi. Theire neighbours are the Hyenas, more closely related to bears than canines, that we look at then- Here we finde wolfs and the maned wolf. Going around the enclosure for South American Tapirs, across the Bactrian Camels and on the left hand again Ostriches and Zebras. On the right hand is the waterbuck and a den for badgers.Going the steps down we are having som cages for small carnivores like the skunk and the going up again then behinde these cages we finde aviarys for owls. At the Takins we turn left, to se the guanacos and bongos. Following the sound we now look at a small pool for South American Sea Lions. On the left hand we then are having the Marabu storks and after a while snowy owls. At the big cages for felines we turn right to look at the Jaguar, the lynx and the China Leopards. Standing befor the Pygmy hippo we turn right, then to look at llamas and Prezewalski horses. On the right hand we are having the Lechwe Kob, Shetland ponys and then the Addax antilope. Followed by Wallabys, Reas, the Nilghai antilope and the Eland antilope. Across we are having som aviarys for birds of prey, followed by the ruffed lemurs and again followed by an huge aviary for eagles. Here we turn right and se 4 enclosures for ungulates as the Barasinga Deer, Fallow deer and the Red Deer, as well as the Kulan. Back to the Eagle aviary we are having on the right hand the Pallas Cat. Following the road we soon look at the donkey and the Pere David's Deer. Behinde the Muntjak we are having the Mini zoo where kids can pet farmanimals like sheep and goats. Now following the aviarys for big cats, we look at Lions, Amur tigers and Snow Leopards. Next is a bee hive. Following the road and as soon as possible turn right and go inside the house, we meet som noctural animals like the Fenec fox and Garnetts Galago. In front of the house we are having som small carnivores like the raccoon and the Jungle Cat. Passing the Prezewalski horse and pygmy hippos again to the end, we look at the cakes for monkeys. Here we find the Mandrill, Mangabeys and Lar Gibbons. The only Ape of the zoo also live here, the Chimpanzee. Inside the house we are having an Exotarium, home for especially Reptiles. Outside again we are turning right and look at the last animals, but maybe the most popular - the Asian Elephants.
DE: Dieser Zoo ist ein super Ausflugziel wenn man müde ist vom Rummel in der Stadt, den beinahe keine Touris gibt es hier. Der Zoo ist noch nicht generalsaniert, aber trotzdem sind die Anlagen gut und es werden populäre wie Elefanten und Seelöwen gezeigt. Er hat auch ein gutes Terrarium, und selten gezeigte Tiere wie den Mangaben, Sumpfkatzen und Garnetts Galago.
DK: Denne have er et spændende udflugtsmål når man er træt af byens turistmængder, da der kun kommer lokale her. Selv om haven ikke er blevet generalsaneret har den gode anlæg og man finder populære dyr som elefanter og søløver. Der er ligeledes et Terrarie, og der bliver sjælden viste dyr som mangaber, sumpkatte og garnetts galago