Places to visit
The Town Hall square
Kaunas defence wall
Kaunas fortress (XIX century)
Kaunas modernism architecture
Kaunas officers' house
Kaunas Botanical garden
Kaunas panorama view
Following tracks of Napoleon
Kaunas railway tunnel
, Radvilėnų road 21
(or Kaunas’ Zoo) is the oldest Zoo in Lithuania. The zoo was opened in 1938 with only 40 animals. But the number of exhibits was increasing steadily year by year. .New animals arrived from Riga Zoo and Warsaw Zoo, including camels, monkeys, parrots, pheasants, bisons and other species.
The zoo went through bad times during the World War II and had to sell some of its animals. The total of only 42 animals was remaining after the war.
Cages to fit brown and white bear, lions and other animals were built during the Soviet times . The The exposition has expanded significantly up to 3000 animals (400 speces). Unfortunately, the animal cages were quite small and uncomfortable during the Soviet times . Many of them were reconstructed after Lithuanian regained its independence (after 1990). Reconstruction of the zoo is still progress.
The zoo covers a surface area of 15.66 ha. Currently it houses approx. 2166 animals (232 species, 31 of them are on the list of Extinct, Endangered animals). 15 000 people visit the soo yearly. The zoo is situated near Azuolynas (literally Oak Grove) park.
Lithuanian Zoo is the member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. It is one of the average size zoos of Europe.
Such species as hippopotamus, giraffes, lions, leopards, white wolves, monkeys, donkeys, camels, bisons, various birds and other can be seen in the zoo today.