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Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the northernmost and oldest zoos in the world. It is located on the island of the same name in the city of Helsinki.
The zoo is home to more than 2000 representatives of about 200 species of various animals. More than 1000 different plants are also presented here. There are more than twenty endangered and rare animal species in this zoo.
Korkeasaari Zoo is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Association of Zoologists; is a member of the European Program for the Conservation of Endangered Species.
Korkeasaari Zoo is located on the island of the same name in the eastern part of Helsinki and covers an area of more than 22 hectares. It operates all year round and is one of the most attractive and popular city attractions. There is a regular ferry service from Helsinki's Market Square to the zoo in summer. During the winter months, the zoo hosts an international ice sculpture competition.
The island of Korkeasaari has become popular as a vacation spot for townspeople since 1865, when a ferry service was organized between Helsinki and the island. In 1884 a restaurant was opened here, which still works today. In 1889, a zoo was founded on the island, the first inhabitants of which were brown and polar bears. Soon, the first snow leopards appeared in Korkeasaari, the image of which became the symbol of the zoo. In addition, almost all snow leopards living in zoos in the world today are their descendants. By 1911, more than 600 individuals lived in the zoo. In 2010, a tragedy occurred at the zoo - due to an attack by a fox, the entire population of Chilean flamingos was destroyed. In connection with this event, security was significantly increased, video surveillance of the enclosures was installed.
Today the zoo is divided into thematic sections. The section"Northern Joys" presents rare arctic animals; in the"Valley of the Cat" - representatives of the cat family of all sizes and colors, from wild cats to the Amur leopard and the Ussuri theater. Section"Plateau of Mongolia" acquaints visitors with steppe animals of Asia,"Borealia" - with birds and animals of the tropics. The section"Locals" is inhabited by mammals from Scandinavia, sections"Australia" and"Amazonia","North America" - animals, birds, reptiles of the respective regions. In"Africa" are the inhabitants of the jungles of South Asia and African semi-deserts.
The pavilions"Amazonia" and"Africa" are connected by an underground passage with a small cafeteria and the attraction"Donate a coin". In summer, the zoo has two restaurants and two souvenir shops. Korkeasaari also provides a wildlife care service. There is also a botanical garden, on the territory of which about a thousand trees, shrubs and flowers grow.
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