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    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 additiona 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 in order of "seniority" :

    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).
    Last edited by Maciamo; 23-11-06 at 14:44.
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