Zagreb Zoo was founded in 1925. It is located in Maksimir Park, which is over 200 years old. It covers 7 hectares, of which 5.5 is land. It houses more than 350 animal species with more than 7800 animals from all continents.
The Zoo participates in numerous projects and programs focused on research and the protection of endangered species. During the year, you can take part in over 30 educational programs and events. This is what makes it a favourite place to relax and unwind.
The Zoo has many animal species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates from almost all continents.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Opening hours of the ticket office: 9.00 – 18.30
Current opening hours of the Zoo: 9.00 – 20.00
Office hours: 9.00 – 16.00 on workdays
Telephone: +385 1 2302 198
- Opening hours of the ticket office are when you can buy a ticket and enter the Zagreb Zoo.
- Opening hours of the Zoo are when you can spend time in the Zoo.
- When the ticket office closes, you cannot buy a ticket and enter the Zoo. You can only leave the Zoo by the closing time.
- A purchased ticket is valid only for one person for a single entry on the day of purchase.
- A ticket cannot be bought for future use.
- When purchasing a ticket, you will see the current price list at the Zoo’s ticket office.
- Card payments are accepted at the ticket office.
- We accept cash payments (only in HRK) and card payments (MASTER, DINERS, AMERICAN and VISA).
- The Zoo is open every day, including Sundays and holidays.
- Annual and other special tickets may only be used by the ticket holder.
- The annual ticket allows its holder unlimited access to the Zoo until its expiry. The ticket cannot be used for the special Zoo programs which have special prices.
- Annual ticket holders must also wait in line to enter the Zoo.
- Do not lose your ticket when you are in the Zoo. The Zoo personnel are allowed to check your tickets. At their request, visitors have to show their tickets.
HOW TO REACH US?
From the Črnomerec terminal, take tram no. 11 to the Zoo. Exit at the “Bukovačka” stop on Maksimirska street, after the intersection of Maksimirska street, Donje Svetice street and Bukovačka street. For the east entrance, exit at the next stop, “Hondlova”.
From the Ljubljanica terminal, take tram no. 12 to Maksimir Park. Exit stops are: “Bukovačka” – for the main entrance to the Zoo (through Maksimir Park), and “Hondlova” for the east entrance to the Zoo.
From the Savski most terminal, take tram no. 4 or 7 to Maksimir Park. Exit at the “Bukovačka” stop on Maksimirska street, after the intersection of Maksimirska street, Donje Svetice street and Bukovačka street.
If you are in the city centre, in Ban Jelačić Square, hop on tram no. 11 or 12 heading east to Maksimir Park.
If you are near the Zagreb Bus Station, hop on tram no. 7 heading north to Maksimir Park.
If you are near the Zagreb Railway Station, hop on tram no. 4 heading east to Maksimir Park.
The largest public parking lot is located near the west stand of the Maksimir Stadium. You can reach the parking lot from Donje Svetice street by turning right just before the intersection of Donje Svetice street and Maksimirska street, after the bus stop (low curb).
Parking is free of charge for organised transport buses to Maksimir Park and the Zagreb Zoo.
There are hotels, hostels and private accommodation near the Zoo. Their prices are affordable and include overnight stay, overnight stay with breakfast, or other types of accommodation.
NATURE PROTECTION AND RESEARCH
Research and nature protection projects run by zoos are extremely important. Our activity in the field of animal species protection is evident through the network of activities within the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria which has 410 members from 47 countries of Europe and Middle East. We cherish our global activity in the field of animal protection, but we believe that acting locally is even more important. Therefore, in cooperation with related institutions, we insist on nature conservation, a better quality of life, and a more advanced way of thinking. Moreover, we would like to be recognized as a key partner validated by visible, valuable and clear work results for the better future of every animal, our environment and, ultimately, every human being.
One of the biggest threats to wild bird species in urban areas are different types of glass surfaces. With this project, the Zagreb Zoo contributes to the protection of wild bird species in the area, educates people, raises public awareness of the problem, and encourages citizens to protect the birds near their homes.
S.O.S. STORK CROATIA
The project is focused on placing satellite transmitters on all white storks to monitor their movement. The aim is to gather as much information as possible on the migration route of white storks, and to identify and reduce threats to storks and other migratory birds on the eastern migratory route and in wintering areas.
PROTECTING THE BALKAN TERRAPIN (Mauremys rivulata)
Upon completing the Population Research of the Balkan Terrapin (Mauremys rivulata) in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, activities for the protection of this endangered species in Croatia ensued. The Zoo conducts reproductive research of gravid females, collects data on incubation, and monitors the growth and development of the offspring until they turn one. After that, the offspring which grew up with the females are returned to nature, at the exact location from where they were temporarily taken.
RUIN LIZARD – Genomics of the rapid evolution of the ruin lizard (Podarcis sicula)
The aim of the project was to prove the genome changes in the digestive system of the ruin lizard, from the site of the Lastovo Archipelago, in order to explain the transition from insect nutrition to plant nutrition – whether it is just an adaptation to current circumstances or an evolutionary change.
PROTEUS – OLM PROTECTION PROJECT
As part of this project, the Zoo protects the olm outside of its natural habitat. By keeping them in the Zoo, scientists are trying to figure out a successful way of keeping and breeding olms in captivity for the purposes of reintroduction into natural habitat. We also monitor the animals’ health condition and study diseases which endanger this species. The aim of the project is to improve our overall knowledge of the species, which will result in better plans for the species management and an action plan for the protection of olms in Croatia.
MEADOW VIPER (Vipera ursinii) PROTECTION PROJECT
The aim of the project is to accurately determine the distribution and to develop an appropriate monitoring program for this rare species in nature. The Zagreb Zoo got involved in the project by exhibiting this species as part of the Take the Challenge – Meet the Snakes of Croatia exhibition. The exhibition was organised to educate visitors about indigenous snake species in Croatia, the importance of their protection and conservation, and to replace prejudice with knowledge. Additionally, research of the final breeding stage and early development of the offspring took place in the Zoo.
BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH OF BALKAN SNOW VOLE (Dinaromys bogdanovi)
Keeping the Balkan snow vole at the Zoo allowed for specific biological research to be conducted. Considering it is a very rare, endemic mammal, whose endangered status is yet unknown, the contribution of this research in terms of protection, management and understanding the species endangerment is of great significance.
HELPING THE RED SQUIRREL (Sciurus vulgaris) POPULATION IN ZRINSKI PARK, ČAKOVEC GROW
The release of captive-bred animals increases the number of squirrels in the park, thus creating a strong population that can withstand the potential occurrence of invasive grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). Another aim of this project is to raise awareness and educate the citizens of Čakovec about the need for biodiversity conservation and their active involvement in the protection itself.
ZAGREB ZOO MODERNISATION – Phase One
ZAGREB WILDLIFE RECOVERY CENTRE AND ANIMAL SHELTER
The project “Facility – Zagreb wildlife recovery centre and animal shelter” is being built to improve the system of animal care and strengthen the green infrastructure, while also promoting the significance of the natural heritage of the City of Zagreb and the Republic of Croatia.
The project is significant for the City of Zagreb because it will result in the first facility for accommodation of wildlife species. Besides injured or exhausted wild animals which we will take care of, the facility is important for the customs, police and municipal monitoring services because it will enable them to shelter protected species which are illegally traded, both nationally and internationally. An important part of the facility are its separate enclosures for dogs, which will significantly improve the City’s communal equipment and lead to effective implementation of animal welfare and human health measures.
The building was designed as a one-storey structure, with dimensions 61.3 x 13.2 m. It will house wild and exotic animals on the first floor, while abandoned and seized dogs will be housed on the ground floor. The term “recovery centre” refers to the section of the facility dealing with hurt, exhausted or seized wildlife species. It will consist of specialised areas for the recovery of bats, birds, reptiles, but also olms. Depending on the type and options, after recovery or completed procedure, animals may be released back to nature or placed in other institutions (the Zoo, associations, shelters, etc.) in Croatia, the EU, or other countries.
A special segment of the project is the contribution to nature and environment protection through the use of renewable energy sources. When the facility was designed, solar cells were planned to be installed on the roof to convert solar energy into electricity. That solar power plant will produce 38.43 kW of electricity. A total of 126 solar panels are planned, each with 305 W output. The expected annual production of electricity is approx. 42.952 kWh/year.
Besides the citizens of Zagreb and the Republic of Croatia, the project will help emergency services and institutions, such as the police, fire fighters, customs and inspections (nature protection, veterinarians, municipal monitoring service), the academia, non-governmental organisations, volunteers and students.
A construction permit was obtained for the building.
CITY WINDOWS OVERLOOKING NATURE (MODERNISATION II)
Zagreb is getting windows overlooking nature!
As part of the project City Windows Overlooking Nature, the First and Second Maksimir Lake will be landscaped. Also, an educational trail and centres for interpretation of the living world will be built. Educational materials are being developed, and the offer for tourists in Maksimir Park improved.
Maksimir Park is turning into a unique place which protects urban biodiversity and educates citizens on the importance of nature conservation. This project improves nature management and develops Zagreb’s tourism offer.
By the end of 2021, 12 buildings will be built or renovated in Maksimir Park. Landscaping of the First and Second Maksimir Lake is underway. A dock for boats and an educational trail will be built. The Urban Biodiversity Research Centre, Croatian Interpretation Centre for Protected Fauna and Bioforensic Laboratory will be constructed, as well as a display of aquatic habitats. On the Second Maksimir Lake, fish population will be revitalised, and a bioremediation islet will be built to help natural water purification. The horticulture of Maksimir Park will be arranged. Park and urban equipment will be installed, and information desks and catering facilities will be set up.
That is the most prominent part of the City Windows Overlooking Nature – Urban Biodiversity Improvement and Green Infrastructure Development (Modernisation II) project. As part of the project, numerous educational and interpretational programs will be developed. The project, co-financed by the European Union, is worth almost HRK 35 million.
“Protecting biodiversity in major cities through the conservation, revitalization and creation of a network of diverse habitats is of great importance for protecting nature and improving the quality of life for Zagreb citizens,” said Luka Čuljak, Head of the Maksimir Public Institution.
Milan Bandić, mayor of Zagreb, highlighted the importance of the project for improved inclusion of the disabled. As many as 11 educational programs and the majority of interpretational programs of City Windows Overlooking Nature will be adapted for people with sensory impairments. A vehicle for transport of the disabled will be purchased as well.
“The value and power of nature in cities is priceless. This project will ensure its protection, improvement and sustainable use for present and future generations of our city,” said Biljana Janev Hutinec, Head of Research and Development of the Maksimir Public Institution for management of protected areas in the City of Zagreb.
Urban biodiversity is key to connecting people and nature. It is estimated that 80% of the global population will live in cities by 2050. Urban biodiversity enables a lot of people to learn about nature and its protection in their vicinity.
“Maksimir Park and Zagreb Zoo are located at the very heart of the city, which makes it even more important to transfer the love of nature and importance of its protection to new generations. Having nature as part of the city is a great privilege, but also a responsibility. We need to take care of nature. We do so through large projects, such as modernisations, but also with our continuous work which, among other things, includes numerous educational aspects for the visitors. This is the reason why the number of visitors has been increasing over the years. When Modernisation – Phase One began in 2015, the Zoo had 283 000 visitors. Last year we had over 428 000,” said Damir Skok, Head of the Zagreb Zoo. He explained that some facilities which are part of Modernisation II will be constructed in the Zoo. Among them is the Croatian Interpretation Centre for Protected Fauna, which includes a bear enclosure.
Jurica Ambrožić, Project Manager, said that the investments in nature conservation and green infrastructure development showed that the city takes care of its citizens. He added that Maksimir Park has more than a million visitors every year. As many as 30% of them visit the park several times a week, for recreational purposes. The space is dominated by recreational facilities. However, the rich natural heritage has not been sufficiently valued so far.
“City Windows Overlooking Nature will revitalise the natural heritage of the park. It will enable the Park to promote nature conservation and to become a place for the exchange of local, national and European experts,” said Davorka Maljković, Deputy Head and Head of Research and Development of the Zagreb Zoo.
Ten new employees will be hired.
The total value of the project is HRK 34,916,730.32. Of this amount, total acceptable project costs amount to HRK 22,889,601.52, of which HRK 13,982,357.30 are the European Union grant, i.e. 61.09%.
The beneficiary of the funds and project holder is the City of Zagreb, and partners on the project are the Maksimir Public Institution, Biom Association, Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons Dodir, and Vjetar u leđa Association. Zagreb Zoo is the project collaborator.
Project implementation began on 1 October 2018, and it is expected to finish on 31 December 2021.
On 28 September 2018, the Grant Agreement for Projects Financed from the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund of the EU, as part of the program 2014–2020, KK.06.1.2.02.24 “City Windows Overlooking Nature – Urban Biodiversity Improvement and Green Infrastructure Development (Modernisation II) project”, was concluded by and between the City of Zagreb, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, and the Central Finance and Contracting Agency.
NEW ENCLOSURE FOR GREY WOLVES
The new enclosure for grey wolves will create a natural environment for animals and ensure even better living conditions. In addition to planting new plants, an artificial stream, and a smaller waterfall, lairs and tunnels will be formed by using rocks, dirt, trunks and branches that will further enrich the habitat. The wolf pack is expected to have 5 members, no more than 8.
The design of the new enclosure will provide visitors with several comprehensive and interesting views of the animals and complete the experience of the natural habitat of one of the most famous Croatian beasts.
An observation point, which will look like a cabin, will be placed in the north-western part. It will be made of similar rocks as the bears’ enclosure, and then the cabin will be added on top. A hill-like observation point will be placed in the north-eastern part with mesh-protected slots at different heights. That will enable unique panoramic views of the enclosure. There will be a tunnel beneath the hill where visitors (especially children) will be able to observe the wolves at the enclosure level.
Due to the complexity of this project, it has been divided into several phases. Phase One has begun and it includes constructing the eastern, southern and western fence of the enclosure. The completion of the first part is expected early next year.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Surface area: 700 m2 Surface area: 1702.7 m2
Traditional enclosure Improved natural environment
Window and mesh views View from a cabin
Deep trench Hill view
Insufficient space for educations Ground-level tunnel view
Numerous educational programs
THE SPIRIT OF MONSOON FORESTS (PHASE I)
KING COBRA AND KOMODO DRAGON
The refurbished Spirit of Monsoon Forests pavilion has a new resident – a king cobra, and our Komodo dragon now has a new enclosure!
“The Zagreb Zoo is one of the richest zoos in the world when it comes to reptiles. Although the surface is small, we can compete with the largest zoos in the world. The refurbishment of the Spirit of Monsoon Forests pavilion included eight new terrariums housing ten new animal species that visitors couldn’t see until now. Two species are especially magnificent – the king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, and the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world,” said Damir Skok, Head of the Zagreb Zoo.
Emil Tuk, Head of the City Office for Agriculture and Forestry of the City of Zagreb, invited citizens to see these dangerous animals in the Zoo’s safe environment. Its modernisation in recent years cost as much as 40 million HRK. A part of it was financed from EU funds, while the rest was funded by the Zoo.
“The first king cobra and our old friend the Komodo dragon are important for educating our citizens about endangered animal species. Our Komodo dragon is part of the project of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria which includes breeding and exhibiting species, educating Zoo visitors, and the Zoo’s participation in programs for the protection of the Komodo dragon on the Komodo Island,” said Ivan Cizelj, Curator for Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles at the Zagreb Zoo.
The king cobra came to Zagreb from the Plzeň Zoo, Czech Republic. The male is 230 cm long. In nature, the king cobra lives in south and south-eastern Asia. It is a very venomous snake whose venom is actually saliva. That means that venom is created continuously during its entire life. The cobra does not attack people, unless it feels threatened. The venom is a powerful neurotoxin which can cause death very quickly. It feeds on other snakes, and it breeds by laying eggs in nests. King cobras are primarily endangered due to overexploitation for making souvenirs and jewellery. They are often used in local diet and traditional medicine.
The Komodo dragon has been in Zagreb since 2016. It came from Pierrelatte, France. This male is six years old, weighs 29 kg and is 170 cm long. In nature, it lives on the Lesser Sunda Islands, i.e. Komodo, Flores, Rinca and Padar. That’s where it gets its name from. This spectacular reptile prefers tropical savanna forests and open areas with tall grass and shrubs. The Komodo dragon is a carnivore and it breeds by laying eggs. It has a powerful, muscular tail, strong jaws and sharp teeth. It feeds mainly on carrion, but can also capture live prey, such as goats, pigs, deer and even buffalo and horses. It is venomous, but it does not produce venom like snakes. Its saliva contains bacteria which very quickly cause an inflammation in live prey it bites. Due to its size and appearance, people thought it was a dragon the first time they saw it. That’s why we call it the Komodo dragon. The Komodo dragon is endangered because people are destroying its habitat.