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Zoo and Africarium in Wrocław

Do you like animals? That’s good because we are too! And the Wrocław Zoo, the oldest facility of this type in Poland and one of the most visited zoos in Europe, is the perfect place to discover the natural wealth of our planet. Friendly, modern, for everyone.

Made famus all over the world by the Gucwiński family, authors of the famous TV program “With a camera among animals” and long-term zoo employees, the garden in Wrocław recently celebrated its 150th birthday. There was a lot to celebrate – not only the huge number of zoo residents – you can see there about 10,500 individuals representing over 1,100 species, which is the third highest biodiversity result in the world – but also the creation of the world’s only themed oceanarium in the world. The Africarium, open to its first visitors in 2014, is now the pearl and the greatest attraction of the Wrocław garden – turtles, sharks, penguins, hippos and dozens of other animals have been created here to accurately reproduce their African and oceanic habitats, and the entire complex has been divided into 5 ecosystems (Red Sea , East Africa, Mozambique Channel, Skeleton Coast and the jungle over the Congo River). Modern pavilions and catwalks, interesting educational activities, gastronomic infrastructure – come and see for yourself why the Wrocław Zoo attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

All this at the Zoo, in the Africarium presenting five ecosystems. Only in the first year, the Africarium was visited by a million people – this is how it won the first place among the biggest attractions in Wrocław. Stingrays (literally at your fingertips), penguins, crocodiles, rhinoceros and hippos have gained such an audience that they can be envied by the greatest stars of the stage.

African ecosystems in Wrocław must be created artificially – a real water factory operates underground. Thanks to this, the animals have conditions close to natural, and tourists can see that Africa is really hot. Yes, creating this piece of black land in Wrocław cost a fortune, concrete mixers worked around the clock and waited in a long line to enter the construction site, but the end result is what counts. This one is dazzling. The Wrocław Zoo has been included in the super league of this type of facility, and the animals have been provided with decent housing. The Lower Silesian Tourist Organization responded to the attendance success of Africarium and opened a tourist information point there.

For more information, please visit the website of the Zoological Garden: http://zoo.wroclaw.pl/.

 

Text and photo by Marek Perzyński

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