Zoopark Tirana

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Zoopark Tirana (Albanian: Parku Zoologjik i Tiranës) is a public zoo located in Tirana, Albania. It is the only zoo of its kind in the country. Built during 1960–1961, the zoo is concentrated in an area of 6.09 ha (15.0 acres) in the southern part of the city, between the Grand Park and the Botanical Gardens.

Zoopark Tirana
Zoopark Tirana.svg
Official logo
Bear in Tirana Zoo
Date opened1961
LocationTirana, Albania
Land area6.09 ha (15.0 acres)
OwnerTirana Municipality
ManagementAgjencia e Parqeve dhe Rekreacionit
WebsiteAPR Tirana

InfrastructureEdit

Presently the infrastructure of the zoo is in a bad state, needing funds for reparations and animal care. There are not many animals on display, just some: bears, lions, llamas, monkeys, wolves, foxes, and some birds. The cages are small, not very clean and visitors are advised not to stress the animals. Despite its poor appearance, the zoo is still popular with local visitors and children who come here to play.

ControversyEdit

The zoo has been described by many visitors as an animal prison, mostly because of the bad conditions in which the animals live.[1]

On 2015 it was closed because a video footage was released, in which a bull attacked a donkey and nothing was done to help the poor animal. Animal Activists and Environmentalists always pressured the local authorities to close the zoo down and end the cruelty towards the animals kept there.[2]

Tirana's Municipality recently announced its intention to extend the zoo into a park, creating better conditions for the animals. The natural landscape of the zoo full of trees and green spaces has been tarnished considerably with the rise of new apartment flats in the area.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

Coordinates: 41°18′28″N 19°48′34″E / 41.307806°N 19.809389°E / 41.307806; 19.809389