During a summer holiday San and me spent together, we went to Belgrade zoo one day. In past, I was always sad after visiting it, place was not managed well and I know that during `90s, there were not enough food and some animals were starving there. For last 20 years I was there 3 or 4 times and I hate that feeling it usually left in me. Well, except that one time when my parents brought me and my brother for a first time during `70s. My father was overconfident and came too close to llamas and got spat right in the face :eyes: 😆 😆 😆 I don`t think he ever went to zoo again and, being thought by his experience, I was avoiding those evil animals ever since :left:
On the other hand, you know the saying: even golden, a cage is always a cage. And this one looked more like a prison. But in last few years some improvements were done and I hope in nearby furture a city will do even more. Maybe even to find a new location with more space – there are 2000 animals in only 6 hectares and management of Belgrade zoo was critisized for that.
It was a lunch time when we entered so some animals were either eating – like this family of owls – or already went back in some shade to sleep through the rest of that hot afternoon.
Yes, how rude turning its back on us.
Well, as I said, most of big cats were either sleeping (What was a magpie doing there?) or laying around digesting meal.
I wonder is there someone employed to do his hair? :left:
Doesn`t matter. A bit of a history of zoo: it was opened in 1936. and after having only 3,5 hectares it was soon expanded to 7 then to 14 hectares and stayed like that until the beginning of World War 2. First animals were big cats, bears, wolves, birds, primates and exotic herbivores. During bombing in 1941. and 1944. all animals were killed except few, and one of them is still in the zoo.
This is Muja (read as Mooya), probably one of the oldest aligators in the world, brought to Belgrade zoo on September 12th, 1937. He survived both bombings and after Čabulitis, another American aligator, died in 2007, became the oldest known specimen in the world. For a long time I was not sure this is real aligator but a rubber model, I never saw him moving. Of course I never tested that – well, there are a lot of signs saying that it is forbidden to disturb and feed animals. My father tried to feed llama with roasted peanuts and we all know what happened after :left: 😆 😆
There are some endangered species there, like this Bearded Vulture. In past it was the biggest Serbian bird but today it is extinct in most of the Europe. There were one female in Macedonia but was poisoned and died. Actually, someone was poisoning wolves :furious: and poor bird was colateral damage. I am sorry I missed to photograph a moment when it spreaded its wings – more than two meters in span!!!
Most of the animals were not interested in us at all but some were very curious. Like this horned owl.
The others were suspicious…
… and one of them quite annoyed by my interest in him… or her :left:
Mountain Hawk Eagle
I tried to explain in a calm voice that I only want to make a photo, but it was jumping up and down, spreading wings and warning me to move away…. :left:
San had more luck with goats 😀
As I said, some improvements had been done in last several years since my last visit to zoo. Big cats got the biggest area and some of the bars were removed and they put glass instead. I am still not satisfied with place where wolves and bears are – this is why I didn`t photograph them – and they will hopefully find a bigger place for a cougar. His cage is not more than 15 square meters big and this is a shame. Whoever knows anything about those big cats, know that it needs big area to live. Also they have too many parakeets of all kinds and place with snakes could be improved.
On the other hand I was happy to see some new species – Green Iguanas and Mertens` Water Monitor, also Cangaroos, different sorts of Pheasants and some birds I have never seen before.
Mertens` Water Monitor
These and rest of the photos you can find here. If you think that I made a mistake in identifying animals, please feel free and correct me – I am not biologist and some of the species were completely unfamiliar to me.
I know that Adele and Words will check on that 😉
Hmmm, that magpie again…..
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