The Opole zoo
Nature protection is also the most important task for modern zoological gardens, which have evolved from menageries (in the 19th century), to zoological parks (in the 20th century), and eventually protection centres (the 21st century). The Opole zoo is a green oasis of peace and relaxation, situated in the town’s centre, in the ancient forest of the Bolko Island. It was created in 1930, and in 1937 the town bought it and new animal species were introduced. It had to be rebuilt twice: after the war – in 1953 and after the great flood, which hit Opole and the region in 1997. The second time the zoo was not only rebuilt, but its area was also extended and the number of animals was increased. The animals are exhibited in a natural environment, with a lot of care given to the zoo’s hygienic, botanical and educational aspects. The Opole zoo is 20 ha in area, and there are more than 1,000 animals living there. They belong to about 130 species, including lowland gorillas and Californian sea lions – the only specimens in Poland. The zoo’s greatest success is the breeding of species such as the scimitar oryx, pigmy hippopotamus, capybara, several, kangaroo, and lemur.
Source: Tourists Attractions of Opole Silesia, pub. Oficyna Piastowska
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