Bratislava Zoo in Mlynska Dolina celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, May 9th 2020. The capital city’s zoo began to be constructed in 1959, opening the following year on May 9th.

From its very first decades the zoo enjoyed success, for example as one of the first in Europe to breed lynx. «The special breeding of antelopes, baboons, fallow deer and roe deer are especially noteworthy. We achieved outstanding successes with the first artificial breeding of spotted leopards and grazing hyenas in the-then Czechoslovakia,” said a zoo spokesperson.

The zoo unveiled DinoPark in 2004, a unique Central European exposition of Mesozoic reptiles. There is also new enclosures for carnivores and primates.  In July 2014, the Farmstead (Sedliacky Dvor) section showcased a petting zoo.

The forest part opened a new enclosure for Eurasian wolves. A new enclosure and breeding facility for brown bears is also in the pipeline. As of the latest headcount in December 2019, Bratislava Zoo has 1290 creatures great and small comprising 183 species.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

Slavín War Memorial in Bratislava (constructed 1960) is undergoing an extensive EUR 2 million reconstruction project with completion scheduled for 2022. Work on the first stage recently began on the stone plinth supporting the famous statue of a soldier. Slavín War Memorial in Bratislava is the burial place of 6,845 Red Army soldiers. «This project will also include establishing a new World War II exposition on Slavín. Such work will be based on study proposals and feasibility projects following the release of appropriate funds,» said Katarina Rajčanová, the city’s spokesperson. She added that the reconstruction will repair all problems with the main observation terrace, stairs, monument basement area. And all other wear and tear, as well as the comprehensive revitalization of Slavín’s extensive and popular green areas. Following reconstruction, it is envisioned that the ceremonial room will be open a few hours daily. And it will be enable the visiting public to pay their solemn respects at this historical place of remembrance.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk