A lovely autumn day at Copenhagen Zoo

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.

Welcome to the Copenhagen Zoo
Welcome to the Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen 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:

Flamingos
Flamingos
Birds
Birds
Giraffe
Giraffe
Camels!
Camels!
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
An Asian tiger
An Asian tiger
Happy feet!
Happy feet!

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.

The Elephant House
The Elephant House
The Elephant House
The Elephant House
Monkeys
Monkeys
Turtles
Turtles
A turtle!
A turtle!
The playful prairie dogs
The playful prairie dogs
Was ist das?
Was ist das?
Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
My friend playing with a monkey
My friend playing with a monkey

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.

Bird nests
Bird nests
Resting..
Resting..
One of the zoo's little gardens
One of the zoo’s little gardens
Me and my friend, with the zoo founder's bust at the back
Me and my friend, with the zoo founder’s bust at the back
An info board showing the decreasing area of the world's forests vs the increase in human population
An info board showing the decreasing area of the world’s forests vs the increase in human population
The Arctic Ring was being renovated. :(
The Arctic Ring was being renovated. 😦

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! ❤

Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “A lovely autumn day at Copenhagen Zoo

  1. Those flamingos look so pink!! Too bad that you were not able to see the bear and elephant. And I also hope that zoo’s will really take care the animals and also their cages because this is their habitat now comparing it the nature.

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  2. I love going to the zoo. I’ve never visited this one. Over 3,000 animals from 264 species sound very impressing. But I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t what you expected. It’s a pity when there’s so much renovation. Then you don’t get to see everything you’d like. The pictures are nice though!

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