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