The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. Founded in 1859 by ornithologist Niels Kjærbølling, it has evolved from being the summer garden of Princess Vilhelmine with a number of “eagles, chickens, ducks, owls, rabbits, a fox, a seal in a bathtub and a turtle in a bucket” to a well-known zoological garden with over 3,000 animals from 264 species. It was autumn when my Swiss friend came to Denmark to visit me, and we decided to spend a day in the zoo.
To be honest, we didn’t enjoy the visit that much. Yes, there were plenty of animals, but most of which we came for were missing! The bears section was under renovation, and the Elephant House was still being built. Well, I don’t know if they have finished the renovation now… Many of the habitats also needed som cleaning. The zoo immersed in hot waters as well because of the killing of the baby giraffe Marius, among other controversial stuff. Nevertheless, we still had fun observing the animals, especially the flamingos, the prairie dogs, the seals and penguins! And I appreciate their effort to gather various animal species from all over the world. Here are some of the inhabitants of the zoo:
The Elephant House was impressive. Which elephant wouldn’t want to play there? Besides, it was designed by the famous British architect Sir Norman Foster.
Aside from the animals, visitors can also spend some private leisure time around the park, in the zoo arena, little gardens, auditorium, summer terraces, cafe, and the 43.5 meters high observation tower.
There is a whole lot more to see in the zoo than the photos I took. Perhaps, it has been better now compared with the time I was there. I really wanted to see the Arctic Ring, but oh well. I’d probably encounter real bears here in Norway. haha jk. For more information on tickets and zoo regulations, visit: http://www.zoo.dk/kort-over-zoo/ Cheers! ❤