Founded in 1926, Skopje Zoo has ever been critisized because the poor treatment of the zoo. However, today is becomes a great zoo which features more than 300 animals represents 85 species. Macedonian symbol, Balkan lynx is also featured in this zoo. Not only it features animals, Skopje Zoo also displays Education Center and Amusement Park.
Things to do at Skopje Zoo and Tours
1. The Animals
More than 300 animals are featured in this zoo. It presents mammals, birds, reptiles, pisces and insect. The popular mammals in Skopje Zoo are Balkan lynx and Eurasian lynx. Balkan lynx is the Macedonian wild cat which becomes the symbol of Macedonia. See the rarest animals in the world might be the best thing to do at Skopje Zoo since you cannot find it on the other place. Eurasian lynx is a Siberian wild cat and the largest lynx from the four species. Skopje Zoo's reptiles include the Sloopy Crocodile whih has a dark-gray or gray body with dark transverse tracks, Royal Snake, Burmese phyton which has bow on the top of its head and Australian Bearded Dragon which is famous by its large folds of the skin on the neck.
2. Educational Center
Skopje Zoo is giving contributions to the growth of culture-education for visitors. The spatial technique condition was created for developing an education and equipping the Education Center. Visiting the Education Center is one of the best things to do at Skopje Zoo. The Education Center is working together with education subject from pre-school, basic secondary school, faculty, volunteers and society. It continually builds a relationship with others through the project with society. Education Center makes a project with society in order to give a contribution to the knowledge of nature and natural laws, push the participation in activities aimed to improve and protect the environment, organize practical classes, free school classes, project activities, moderated debates, and creative workshops.
3. Amusement Park
As the recreational place, Skopje Zoo has an amusement park which is located next to the zoo's door and is known as Luna Park. There are plans from the Council to create another park in the same location of Luna Park. This is the best thing to do at Luna Park if you are taking your children with you because it features attraction like Merry Go Round and Go Karts. Furthermore, those two attractions do not only provided for children, everyone can enjoy it when visiting Luna Park. Don't forget to ride the Ferris wheel because it offers an excellent view across the eastern side of the Vardar river.
How to Get Tickets?
This zoo has various types of tickets that can be purchased. Skopje Zoo tickets consist of an individual/50 denar, school visit/40 denar, pre-school visit/30 denar, Skopje Zoo tickets for ZOO WHO/50 denar, riding horse/50 denar, a trip ticket with a chariot with a pony/300 denar, Skopje Zoo tickets for static carts/30 denar, and battery trolley ticket/40 denar. Having a Skopje Zoo tickets for ZOO WHO is the best thing to do at Skopje Zoo since it is valid for 1 year. Skopje Zoo is giving free entrance for people with disabilities, people accommodated in homes and accommodation centers and children under three years old. You may take the educational tour organized at the Education center of Skopje Zoo.
How To Get Around?
You are able to walk and rent a bicycle to get around the area of Skopje Zoo. Museum of National History and Skopje City Center where you can learn multiple cultural attractions as well as the Parliament and Government of the Republic of Macedonia. It can be one of the best things to do at Skopje Zoo.
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Best Time to Visit
Skopje Zoo is opened daily from 9 am to 6 pm. On October, Skopje has a Skopje Jazz Festival which is considered to be one of the best of its kind in Europe.
Will I Need a Guide?
Since Skopje Zoo is near to the city center of Skopje, you do not need a guide to get there. A map of the city is provided and can be used by every tourist. You are able to do all things to do at Skopje Zoo on your own.
How To Get There?
operated by Vardar Express transport company to reach the city center of Skopje. It takes around 25 minutes and cost 175 denars. The ticket of this bus can be puchased at Vardar Express office next to the exit gate of the airport. You are also possible to use train to visit Skopje. The train station is only 1.5 kilometers from the city center, from train station you can use bus which exist in the bus station under the train station. At the city center, take bus line 15a which stops right at the zoo.
In Macedonia, you are not allowed to smoke. Since January 1st 2010 smoking in public places that serve food such as restaurants,, cafés, or the outdoor gardens of lounge bars became illegal. The fine for smoker can go from 150 to 300 euros. This law is according to the European Union where smoking is prohibited.