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Kaunas Zoo

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Kaunas Zoo

Address Radvilenu 21
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Open: Open Apr - Sep 10:00 - 20:00; Oct - Mar 10:00 - 16:00
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No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
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This review submitted by NIELS JOHS LEGARTH IVERSEN,
October 2000


The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, has got no zoo. For that you have to go to Kaunas, former capital of Lithuania between the two world wars. During this period the energetic professor og zoology, Tadas Ivanauskas, founded first the Zoological Museum (1918) in midtown right at the main shopping street, second the Zoological garden in the eastern part of Kaunas, past the Azuolynas Park. It is quite a long walk, but if you decide to do it then check out the benches in the park: they are made from whole logs sculpted as stylized animals. Real art, and useful! As for the zoo, unfortunately it has not the best reputation. This is what the In your pocket guidebook to Kaunas has to say: "Your only chance in Lithuania to relive those bright memories of childhood trips to the zoo is right here in Kaunas, but you may have to use your imagination. A lack of funds has left Lithuania's only zoo, founded by Tadas Ivanauskas in 1938, in a heart-wrenching state of disrepair. Nevertheless the zoo maintains more than 2,027 individuals of 245 different species, and makes new acquisitions every year." Well, I visited the place in 1999 and was lucky to have a tour through the garden with one of the employees, who explained what they had in mind with every single part of the zoo. Sure, there are still really bad spots, but my guess is that within say ten years, the Kaunas zoo will be through the cleansing process and be a really nice zoo. One asset in this respect is the very varied topography of the zoo area: it is hilly and quite forested, quite large even considering the number of animals, and there is a stream running through a lake at the far end of the compound.

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