Copenhagen Zoo

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Copenhagen Zoo
Zoo-kbh-2005.jpg
Main entrance
Date opened1859
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Land area11 hectares (27 acres)
Coordinates55°40′22″N 12°31′17″E / 55.67278°N 12.52139°E / 55.67278; 12.52139Coordinates: 55°40′22″N 12°31′17″E / 55.67278°N 12.52139°E / 55.67278; 12.52139
No. of animals3000+[1]
No. of species264[1]
Annual visitors1,161,388 (2008)
MembershipsEAZA,[2] WAZA[3]
Websitewww.zoo.dk

The Copenhagen Zoo is a zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built by Niels Kjærbølling in 1859. It is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. 1,161,388 people visited the zoo in 2008. It is the most visited zoo in the world, and the fourth most visited place in Denmark.[4] Its Elephant House was built by Norman Foster.

The zoo's observation tower is 43.5 metres (142.7 ft) high. It was built in 1905. It is one of the tallest wooden observation towers in the world. It has a look similar to the Eiffel Tower.[5]

It is the only zoo outside of Australia to have the Tasmanian devil.[6] It also has the Amur leopard, okapi and muskox.

A healthy young male giraffe, Marius, was killed on 9 February 2014 on the recommendation of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria so that they can save the population of them at the zoo.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Visit Denmark: Zoo.
  2. "EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums".
  3. "Zoos and Aquariums of the World".
  4. "Attraktionsstatistikken 2007 - top50" (PDF).
  5. Zoo Tower in the Structurae database
  6. "Disease-plagued Tasmanian devils now endangered". Animal Planet.
  7. "BBC News - 'Surplus' giraffe put down at Copenhagen Zoo". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-10.

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