Zoologická záhrada v Bratislave



City: Bratislava
Country: Slovakia
Region: Bratislava
Opend 9th May 1960


Species 183


This Capital-zoo has a small range of mammals and birds with totally aprox 160 species. The first steps towards a zoo was taken in 1948, though it first opened for the public on the 9th May 1960. Its current size is 96 hectares, but only 35 hectares are open to the public.


Last visited 2018


Mlynská dolina 1

842 27 Bratislava





Phone Number: 00421 2 60102111

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Open minimum 10 am - 3 pm


Entrance fee

  • Adult 7,- Euro
  • Child 5,- Euro
  • Familly* 20,- Euro

* Familly tickets can onle be bought in the summerseason (the general prices in winter are lower) and are valid for 2 adults and 2 children


Annual card (valid for 12 months)

  • Adult* 50,- Euro
  • Child 38,- Euro

* For Annual Adult card holders, each child in your household will cost 8 Euros in stead of 30 Euros



For kids there are several playgrounds and they can rid ponys


Attempts to develop a zoological garden in Bratislava stretches far back, while the first official considerations and discussions are dated back to 1948. At this time however, there was no tradition of zoological gardens in Slovakia, hence it was very difficult to create a conception of the future garden. At first, in 1949, it was considered to build a Zoo in the area of Zelezná studnicka. But the experts’ reports had confirmed this location as unsuitable. A new alternative was therefore accepted – to build up a Zoo in Mlynská dolina which originally covered 9 ha and later expanded to 90 ha. The first intention was to build a Zoo corner within the area of the Park of Culture and Relaxation but later on, taking into consideration the importance of Bratislava as the capital of Slovakia, it was agreed to build a separate breeding and educational institution. The construction had begun in 1959 and the ceremonial opening of the Zoo took place on May 9th 1960. During the first decade of the existence of the Zoo, there was already some achievement regarding breeding of macaques, baboons, porcupines, nutrias, leopards, pumas and dingos. As one of the first Zoos in Europe, ours was successful in breeding lynx. A special attention deserves hand-rearing of antelopes, hamadryas baboons, common fallow deer and roe deer. Regarding educational activities, the advisory service to breeders of small animals, as well as amateur clubs such as horse riding, falconry, or zoological, husbandry and conservationists’ clubs were very successful. Later on, the collection of animals had been expanded by many rare animal species. The Zoo thus reached the most significant breeding success in the former Czechoslovakia, involving first hand-rearing of Persian leopards and stripped hyena. An extraordinary international accomplishment was the successful reintroduction project to save the Sahelo-Saharan antelopes, the Scimitar-horned Oryx that under the umbrella of the CMS (Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species) was proposed and carried out by Bratislava Zoo together with Marwell Zoological Park (UK). In 1981 – 1985, Bratislava Zoo had witnessed several cruel interventions. Two thirds of the original exposition area, including the visitors’ entrance had to be posted away within the period of several days due to a construction work on a sewer collector and a freeway junction, without any replacement being offered. Destroyed was the most popular public’s part of the Zoo. Everyday life of the Zoo was thus disturbed. The side-effect of these changes was the relocation of animals to new compartments. Our Zoo still had not recovered from these interferences, when in 1995 there was yet another decision to build a new speedway D2 and a connecting tunnel, concerning the lower part of the Zoo area, which began in March 2003. The building of D1 motorway strongly influenced daily life in our Zoo but it did not stop its development. In 2002 - 2003 new breeding facility for Bactrian camels, Turkmen kulans and Shetland ponies was built in the wooded area within the Zoo and building of breeding facility for Heptner’s markhor and Barbary sheep had begun. During the development of Sitina tunnel, the Zoos main entrance was closed. Subsequently, the Zoo had been closed to the public from December 2003, until building of a new entrance, parking lot and noise barrier wall was finished. The approval of future plans of Bratislava Zoo development by the municipal corporation of Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, were of great importance – based on this decision, building of the breeding facility for big cats was completed and this project became one of the major priorities of Bratislava city in 2004 - 2005. In 2004, new and unique exposition of Mesosoic reptiles – DinoPark - in central Europe was added, which is since its opening a highly popular attraction for visitors of all age groups. Year 2006 was for Bratislava Zoo a significant milestone – new big cats house has been opened for the public which residents – leopards, jaguars, tigers and lions – belong to the most favourite animals in our collection. In 2007 development of yet another house, the ape house, went ahead which was opened to the public in spring 2010. In spring 2008 a newly built Zoo shop and two children playgrounds comprising of colourful climbing frames, rope climbing frame and smaller elements (e.g. swings on springs) for kids of preschool age was ceremonially opened. Despite all negative setbacks and financial problems, Bratislava Zoo is changing for the better. Apart from above mentioned attractions, we are always trying to expand our species collection and improve service to the public. Our reputation and popularity is ever-growing which can be documented by visitors’ numbers as well as the increase of animal figures from original 238 specimens of 74 species to 1045 specimens of 161 species (31.12. 2009).

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After we haved payed the entrace fee we se a small road on the left hand, on that road we finde the terrarium with especially reptiles as well as lemurs and some tamarins. Another house here is the monkeyhouse wich especially shows different species of tamarins, as well as noctural zoo with marsupials, sloth an ardmadillos. Down on the main road we meet and going left we meet animals like the brownbear and the emu. Now reched a big square we go along it and on right, behinde a small bridge, we see the Scottish Highland Catle. Back on the square and and the right again  we se some cages fore monkeys like the ringtailed lemurs and the Kilimanjaro Guereza. Following the road we meet soe islands for rufed lemurs ad enclosures for the Scimtar-horned Oryx. At the enclosure for the Pygmy Hippo we turn tight, across we have a Savannah-enclosure with Giraffes and Zebras. If you have kids we are now at a big playground, on the right hand kids can ride on ponys, els we just follow the big lake with flamingos. Afterwards there are some enclosures for domestic pigs. Following this road we soon se a small road on the left, on this you meet the Wilde Boar and the Canadian Lynx. Back on the main road turn left and the we se enclosures for ungulates like the Pere David's Deer, Indian Barasinghas, Bactrian Camels , the Wisent, the Kulan and the Przewalski's Horse (Plesa note that the enclosures are quite big here and the roads not the best, especially after rainy days). Passing som avivaries for parots we have on the right hand some cages for the European Lynx. Now back at the Pigs enclosure we turn to the right and after a small walk hae a road on the right hand, beside it you finde a cage for Hamadryas Baboons. Goin back to the road we left passing a pond for turtles we turn right right. On this way we are are passing an aviary for Ibis'sand some cages for Coatis. At the end of this road we finde the Dino Park (included in the ticket) and an 3D cinema. Here you meet aprox 20 different species of Dinosaurs in theire natural size. Going back (passing several rhinosigns - I really don't know why they are there showing the way to the DinoPark) we se some aviarys fore small Australian parots. If we follow this road we also se the enclosures fore the Barbary Sheep and the Tajik Markhor. Looking on the backside of the Scimtar-horned Oryx's paddocks we go to the right and the to the right again. Here we se the house for the great apes, wich is the home fore Chimpanzees and Orangutans. Following this road a bit we have on the right hand another housr for ungulates, and yeah, you are alowed to go in this complex. Behnde it you finde the Grevy's Zebra and two species of Waterbucks. Nack on the road and after some walking we se an South American Pampas with the Rhea and the Alpaka. In front of us we now have the enclosure for White Rhinos, they are sharing there 3 enclosures with Prairiedogs. If we turn left and follow the way around we meet animals like the Red Kangoroo, the African Wilde Dog, Muntjac's, Ostriches, Sika's and another groupe of Przewalski's Horse. Then we are headding towards the hose for the Apes and there across look at the old Cimpanzee's cages, now beeing the home for some Gibbons. Now turning right we meet the big cats, you finde white Tigers, white Lions, the Jaguar and Persian Leopards here.


DE: Der Nationale Zoo von der Slowakei ist nicht sehr gross, aber zeigt seltenheiten wie den Weissschwanzguerezas, Kanadische Luchse, den Indischen Barasingha und de Kulane.


DK: Slovakiets nationale zoo hører ikke blandt de største, aligevel har den en del arter der ikke ses så hyppigt som  Kilimanjaroguereza'en, canadiske losse, den indiske barasingha og kulanen

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