Poznan Old Zoo


City: Poznan
Country: Poland
Voivodeship: Greater Poland
Opend 1871


Species 410 (In both the old and the new zoo together)


This zoo has a downtown area known as stare (old) and outside of the town as nowe (new). The downtown zoo especially shows small animals, like reptiles and fish's - the biggest raretys are the comodo dragon

Last visited 2019

Phone number 061 877 35 33
Fax number 061 877 35 33
Address: Stare Zoo, ul. Zwierzyniecka 19, 60-814 PoznaƄ, Poland
E-mail: sekretariat@zoopoznan.neostrada.pl

Open : minimum 9am-4pm

Entrace fee: No, the aquarium though: 

  • Adult 8,- PLN
  • Child 6,- 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


The old Zoo, formerly called the Menagerie, was founded in an unusual way by a group of witty bowling players. They met with a pint of beer in the now-defunct restaurant Starogardzko Railway Station . It's a certain day of 1871, in which the bowlers president celebrates his 50th birthday. Imagine his surprise when he saw, not so much of his guests, which carried their gifts! These were encountered on the streets of Poznan: pig, goat, sheep, cat, rabbit, squirrel, goose, duck, chicken, peacock, trained bears and monkeys. Menagerie, by virtue of its size and requirements, was at the request of the venerable jubilarian placed in the restaurant's garden, "so that these animals were exposed continuously in the garden, not only for entertainment but also to teach them and to viewers that, as yet modest collection, became the nucleus of a future zoological collection. "Thus, in 1874. a stock company was founded to create a Zoo. Until the outbreak of World War I the Garden developed rapidly and on many levels - it was a place where it had alongside the animals were held regularly concerts, shows and other events. Between 1913 and 1914 Strauss conductet here twice , the last descendant of the Viennese "waltz king" and the director of the Imperial - Royal balls of Court along with his 40-piece orchestra. In July, 1914. organized a major exhibition presenting ethnographic tribes of the Nile valley. The time of World War I and the postwar years were a period of stagnation in the zoo. Decreasing the number of animals, workers and visitors. At the time of acquisition of the Garden by the Polish authorities in 1919. It had just 243 representatives of 75 species of animals. The 1920s is the time of Renaissance of the ZOO: in 1923 it joined the newly formed Society for the Protection of the European Bison, contributing largely to save this species from extinction, and the opening of the First State National Exhibition in 1929 (now Poznan International Fair) built a new pavilion and facilities, while others were adapted to new needs. Before the outbreak of World War II it had a population of 1184 zoo animals from 300 species. Only 175 animals survived until the end of the war , but in April 1945 the garden re-opened its doors to the visitors In 1974, on the one hundredt anniversary of the zoo at. Zwierzyniecka, the New Zoo opened to public on the White Mountain, near Lake Malta. The first inhabitants situated on the edge of hilly, wooded terrain, the former European red deer, fallow deer, camels, llamas and their wild ancestors - guanako. Their enclosures were provisional in character. The New Zoo underwent a systematic expansion. Created new paddocks and pavilions for the growing number of animals. Originally planned to transfer the old zoo as a whole, but in 1976 it was included in the register of monuments, and must therefor be preserved. The end of the seventies and eighties due to the economic situation is not conducive to the further development of the New Zoo, and the reconstruction of the Old. The activities were limited to the repair properly, but about the new investment was particularly difficult. More investment was started again in the mid-nineties. In the New Zoo was created a Hall of nocturnal animals, children's garden and giraffes enclosure, aviary for birds of prey, a complex of enclosures for animals of South America, a tiger enclosure and one for Japanese macaques. The Old Zoo, after solving the problem of heating of the area pavilions "Reptile World" and the exposure of amphibians and fish opened to the public. The old zoo in the future play a role is the object of teaching with exposures of small animals, and a new breeding center of endangered species and recreation. At the New Zoo the Elephant House was built, beeing the zoos most expensive house so far.

Map 2012
After entering the entrance we turn right passing the playground and restaurant, where we have the aquarium building. Not only home fore fish like the dragon fish, but also reptiles and amphibians. In front of it we have some paddocks for ungulates, its here we finde the Alpaca. Passing the turtlepond we finde the muntjac and a South American pampas, as well as the shetland pony. Now we look at the old bear grottos, where there each year is a special exhibition. Then we look at the funny monkeys, like the Diana Monkey and the Colobus. The rarest animal is the next, the komodo Dragons, the worlds largest reptile. Passing some reptiles again we look at som bird aviarys, home for the Bali mynah. Then we look at some lakes with ducks and geese. Across we find the Cameroon sheep and going around the breeding centre to look at some aviarys, in the biggest we find among others the Greater Argus. Passing the Museum of Natural History we come to a lake, with some islands for Ting-tailed Lemurs. Behinde it we finde the last enclosure for Oriental Otters.

DE: Der alte Zoo von Posen ist einer der ältesten von Polen und zeigt insbesondere Reptilien und kleinere tiere, aber auch den Komodo Waran. Ausserdem gibt es eine kleine aber interessante Vogelsamlung und verschiedene Haustiere

DK: Den gamle zoo af Poznan er en af de ældste i Polen og viser især krybdyr og mindre dyr, dog også Komodovaraner. Ligeledes har haven en lille  men interessant fuglesamling og forskellige husdyr
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