The Ljubljana Zoo, part of a protected nature park situated only a 20-minute walk from the centre of Ljubljana, lies on the southern slope of the Rožnik hill, surrounded by a natural forest and meadows. It has a collection of animal species from all continents focusing on animals typical of the area lying at the intersection of the Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean worlds.
What is special about the Ljubljana Zoo is that visitors and children in particular have an opportunity to take part in several different family-oriented workshops during which they can be in close contact with animals. Apart from taking a guided tour of the Zoo, available both during the daytime and at night, visitors can join zookeepers at feeding time, meet their favourite animal, become a zookeeper for a day and much, much more.
Basic facts and figures
- Size: 19.6ha
- Total length of walking paths: 6.5km
- Number of species/breeds: 119/14
- Number of animals: approx. 500
Animal experience activities run by the Ljubljana Zoo
Purchase a coupon from the Zoo's ticket office and join a zookeeper at feeding time.
Meeting your favorite animal
If your favorite animal lives in the Ljubljana Zoo, you have an opportunity to become intimately acquainted with it. During a hlf an hour meeting with it you can feed it, explore interesting facts about it, and learn about the proper ways of keeping and training it.
Photo-safari sessions led by a photographer are available to groups of eight people at scheduled times. Prior appointment is necessary. The sessions take place if the minimum number of participants is reached.
Being a zookeeper for a day
If you have always wanted to experience the work of a zookeeper, feed a sea lion or a tiger and stroke a giraffe, this is your opportunity! You can join the Ljubljana Zoo staff and help them with the daily chores. The Zoo runs a special programme of zookeeper activities for children.