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 animal experience activities 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
- May, June, July and August: 9:00-19:00 daily
- January, February, November and December: 9:00-16:00 daily
- March and October: 9:00-17:00 daily
- April and September: 9:00-18:00 daily
- Admission: €8.00 for adults, €5.50 for primary pupils and secondary students, €4.50 for pre-schoolers, €2.00 for people with special needs, free for children below the age of two years, €2.00 for dogs.
- Concessions: 10% per person for groups of more than ten people.
Animal experience activities run by the Ljubljana Zoo
Purchase a coupon from the Zoo's ticket office and join a zookeeper at feeding time.
Coupon price: €5.00.
Night tour of the Zoo
Two-hour night tours of the Ljubljana Zoo are available at 9 p.m. on Thursdays in July and August. Prior appointment is necessary. Other times can be arranged for groups.
Meeting your favourite animal
If your favourite 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 ten people or more at scheduled times. Prior appointment is necessary. The sessions take place if the minimum number of participants is reached.
Weekend camping at the Ljubljana Zoo is available to families and groups of children aged between eight and 12 years. During their stay, visitors become intimately acquainted with the animals kept at the Zoo, learn about the work of a zookeeper, spend a night by the campfire, and see how animals wake up and have breakfast in the morning.
Things to bring along: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, torch light, sensible clothing and footwear, spare warm clothing.
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.