This month our Belgrade blogger, Lidija Butkovi?, takes us on a photo tour of Belgrade’s Zoo.
Wikipedia states “Belgrade Good Hope Garden (Serbian: ?????????? ??? ????? ????) is a Zoo in Belgrade situated at the very center of the city, in the Kalemegdan park. It was founded in 1936 and it is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe.
It covers an area of 6 ha, and has 2,000 animals of 200 species, and besides wild animals it abounds in domestic animals too.
Its present look is contributed by many newly built facilities, new drinking-fountains, Wooden Sculpture Gallery, the work of the sculptor Vuk Bojovi? and a nursery for young animals – Baby Zoo. For its 60th anniversary it was enriched with a monument dedicated to its once most interesting and most famous resident – Sammy the chimpanzee, the first of its kind ever in this Zoo. The zoo suffered badly during the bombing of Belgrade in World War II when almost all animals were killed and its size was reduced to the size it is today.
We are glad to see that under the direction of Mr Vuk Bojovic, the Manager of the Belgrade Zoo, it is once again a brilliant jewel in Belgrade’s crown of many attractions. Enjoy!
-The Crew at Sitka
Photos by Lidija Butkovi? and Stefan Pesic
For more information about the Zoo, including location, hours and events:
www.beozoovrt.izlog.org (Serbian + English)