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Discussion in 'Slovenia' started by Grant Rhino, 3 Jun 2013.

  1. Grant Rhino

    Grant Rhino Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone

    Ive been to Ljubljana Zoo once in the early 2000s (perhaps 2003 or 2004). Its a small zoo but quite reasonable from memory.

    They have a reasonable collection of animals and there were no tiny cages or anything like that (from memory).

    Ive spent a lot of time in Slovenia before and after seeing the zoo and Id love to go back and see how it has changed. Slovenia joined the EU in 2004 and thus I expect that there will have been a lot of improvements in the zoo since then. Even before 2004 it was a reasonable zoo anyway, so I have a feeling that it will be heading from "reasonable" to "pretty good" as we speak (if it hasnt already).

    My impression when I was there was that it was on par with the zoos in Budapest, Prague and Zagreb and certainly better than Belgrade Zoo. Its certainly not in the same league as Berlin or Melbourne Zoos though.

    Anyone else been to Ljuljana Zoo? Especially since 2004? Id love to hear what you lot thought.
     
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    Grant Rhino Well-Known Member

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    Oh - my one criticism was that the seal pool was small. Other than that, it was ok from what I recall.
     
  3. Shirokuma

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    I'm going to Ljubljana at the end of this month. Any thoughts on how long is needed for the zoo or anything in particular to look out for?
     
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    Chimp born at Ljubjana :).
     
  6. Shirokuma

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    I saw on the Ljubljana Zoo website that the upper area is now open. Chamois and ibex are now together in the ibex enclosure and moose/elk and reindeer are in the two other paddocks at the top of the zoo.

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    Mouflon are in the paddock with fallow deer at the bottom of the zoo.

    Beaver are between the sealion and cheetah enclosures and alpaca are now in the farmyard area; their former paddock is the site of a new lion enclosure which is under construction.
     
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  7. Jobovc

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    Some news from the Ljubljana Zoo!

    First of all, something Shirokuma forgot to mention (still, a great work keeping up and writing about my home zoo), the Australian exhibit was renovated in June of 2017 and is now a walkthrough exhibit with red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) and emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae).

    A lot has happened since last year. First of all, the upper part of the zoo, which was heavily damaged by glaze ice in 2014, which made most of the trees fall and damage the enclosures, has now been completely rebuilt and reopened. Next to the previously mentioned elk and reindeer enclosure, opened in June of 2018, three new aviaries for the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) and great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) have been opened in October of 2018.

    In the spring of 2019, the zoo celebrated its 70th anniversary with the opening of the new Asiatic lion (Panthera leo leo formerly known as Panthera leo persica) exhibit for a male and a female in the lower part of the zoo opposite the african savannah. The enclosure is 1020 square metres big and includes a hill for the lions to watch over the enclosure and the anthelopes in the savannah enclosure, a heated inside space and a pond surrounded by trees for shade.

    This June, a new Canadian beaver (Castor canadensis) enclosure housing 8 beavers was built on the foothills next to the wild boar enclosure. It features a pond and a large beaver home which is built in a way, that visitors can enter it and glimpse at the life of beavers inside their home.

    We also recently welcomed a southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) from ZOO Brno, which now lives together with black-tufted marmosets (Callithrix penicillata) in their enclosure.

    So far, that's all from the Ljubljana Zoo, I am planning a visit this summer and will definitely update you if anything new happens there. For the end, here is the newest map of the zoo (the beaver enclosure is now opened):
     

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  8. lintworm

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    Thanks for the update. It is good to see this charming little zoo move forward. That leaves the Elephant, Chimpanzees and the Leopard as some of the last in unsuitable housing, do you know of any plans for new enclosures for these species?
     
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  9. Jobovc

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    There have been plans to build a new leopard enclosure in 2014, but they were scrapped when the zoo experienced the previously mentioned ice glaze that year. After that they have tried to make the leopard enclosure more fitting for them by building new climbing equipment and by other various enrichments. Hopefully now that they have completely renovated the upper part of the zoo and built all the enclosures they have had plans for, they can focus on renovating the leopard enclosure. Same goes for the chimpanzee and elephant enclosure but these two ussualy aren't really viewed as desperately in need of a revamp.
     
  10. LegoOwl

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    Zoo keeps Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus) from 1949. Last year last male died.

    In 2017 they got two females (sisters) Mackenzie valley wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis) form Zoo Givskud, Denmark. On 13. 11. 2020 male from Zoo Munster, Germany join them.
     
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  11. Jobovc

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    His name is Aragorn and has apparently adapted well to the enclosure :) The zoo unfortunately hasn't yet had the option to present him to the general public, since it has been closed since November due to the Coronavirus restrictions.