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List of famous Zoological gardens in European countries

There are hundreds of zoos, wildlife parks, aquaria, bird parks, animal reserves, etc. in Europe. A small country like Austria already has about 50 of them. Germany has no less than 414 registered zoos (more than the USA !). Germany has about 250 more wildlife parks, aquaria and bird parks in addition to actual zoological gardens. The world's biggest zoo is also in Germany (Zoologischer Garten Berlin). Here is a list of the most famous zoos Europe-wide, listed by opening date :

Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria

  • Opening date :1752 (oldest in the world)
  • Number of species : about 450
  • Number of animals : ?
  • La ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France

  • Opening date : 1795
  • Number of species : ?
  • Number of animals : 1,100
  • London Zoo, UK

  • Opening date : 1828 (1847 to the public)
  • Number of species : 651
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Dublin Zoo, Ireland

  • Opening date : 1830
  • Number of species : ?
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Bristol Zoo, England

  • Opening date : 1836
  • Number of species : 309
  • Number of animals : 4,500
  • Natura Artis Magistra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Opening date : 1838
  • Number of species : 700
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Antwerp Zoo, Belgium

  • Opening date : 1843
  • Number of species : 950
  • Number of animals : over 5,000
  • Zoologischer Garten Berlin, Germany

  • Opening date : 1844
  • Number of species : 1,500
  • Number of animals : 14,000
  • Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany

  • Opening date : 1850
  • Number of species : 1,000
  • Number of animals : 8,000
  • Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark

  • Opening date : 1859
  • Number of species : 264
  • Number of animals : 3,300
  • Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris, France

  • Opening date : 1860
  • Number of species : ?
  • Number of animals : 150
  • Sofia Zoo, Bulgaria

  • Opening date : 1888
  • Number of species : 244
  • Number of animals : 1,113
  • Helsinki Zoo, Korkeasaari Island, Finland

  • Opening date : 1889
  • Number of species : about 200
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Barcelona Zoo, Spain

  • Opening date : 1892
  • Number of species : 400
  • Number of animals : 7,000
  • Tierpark Hellabrunn, Munich, Germany

  • Opening date : 1905
  • Number of species : 340
  • Number of animals : 7,700
  • Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland

  • Opening date : 1913
  • Number of species : ?
  • Number of animals : 1,000
  • Zürich Zoologischer Garten, Switzerland

  • Opening date : 1929
  • Number of species : 300
  • Number of animals : 2,200
  • Prague Zoo, Czech Republic

  • Opening date : 1931
  • Number of species : 630
  • Number of animals : 4,600
  • Zoo Opole, Poland

  • Opening date : 1936
  • Number of species : 130
  • Number of animals : 1,000
  • Tallinn Zoo, Estonia

  • Opening date : 1939
  • Number of species : 350
  • Number of animals : 5,400
  • Borås Djurparks, Sweden

  • Opening date : 1962
  • Number of species : 80
  • Number of animals : 500
  • Colchester Zoo, England

  • Opening date : 1963
  • Number of species : 200
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Palmyre Zoo, France

  • Opening date : 1967
  • Number of species : ?
  • Number of animals : ?
  • Blackpool Zoo, England

  • Opening date : 1972
  • Number of species : 400
  • Number of animals : 1,500
  • Miskolc Zoo, Hungary

  • Opening date : 1983
  • Number of species : 95
  • Number of animals : 500
  • From the available data in this list, the largest zoos in terms of species are Berlin (1,500), Stuttgart (1,000), Antwerp (950), Amsterdam (700), then Prague (630).

    The most populous are Berlin (14,000), Stuttgart (8,000), Munich (7,700), Barcelona (7,000), then Tallinn (5,400).

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