Sarajevo Zoo was opened in 1951, and it bounds about 8,5 ha of land. Before the war it hosted 150 animal species, but the siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995 left the Zoo completely devastated.
All animals starved to death or fell victim to artillery or sniper fire.
The last one to die, a bear, died in 1992. During the 1999, the first new animals arrived at zoo as management just began renovations and expansions in an effort to attract visitors. Currently, the zoo houses about 38 animal species, including apes, phytons, llamas, ostriches, snakes – most notably a boa constrictor – deer and elk, buffalo, various waterfowl and other bird species and a prized black bear.
Sarajevo ZOO, Peacock
The ZOO acquired a new terrarium, which is home to a caiman and several tortoises. It is currently preparing 1,000 square meters to accommodate pumas, lions and meerkats, whose normal habitats are African savannas and shrubs. It also hopes the city will finance a new space for its monkeys.
Sarajevo ZOO is perfect place to for kid to have great time, so parents do not hesitate.
Sarajevo ZOO, Kids having fun
The ZOO is the largest and best established of its kind in BiH. It draws 400,000 visitors annually. Besides the animal section, the zoo offers areas for recreation — flowerbeds, grounds for strolling, bird ponds and a playground that includes electric trains and cars, slides, swings and merry-go-rounds.