ZOO Ústí nad Labem
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The zoological garden in Ústí nad Labem is situated on the slopes of the Mariánské skály rocks east of the town centre. Its visitors can observe more than 1,300 animals. The history of this zoo is long and rich. Its predecessor was a bird´s sanctuary built in this area in 1908 by an important businessman and lover of the nature, Dr. Heinrich Lumpe. The sanctuary was named after its founder „Lumpepark“ and soon got high repute abroad - there were up to 50,000 visitors from all over Europe in a single year.
After the Second World War the park became the states property and it was changed into a small zoo. This small zoo-park changed step by step into the current zoological garden with an area of 26 hectares. Among other things there were built new pavilions for wild beasts, aquariums and new runs for rhinoceri, elephants, zebras, antelopes and giraffes.
Certainly the most famous animal in the zoological garden was the orang-utan named Ňuňák who played the main character in the movie "Two People in the Zoo" that was filmed in 1989.
Nowadays the zoo keeps approximately 204 animal species, namely fur seals, sea-dogs, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceri, bears, tapirs, pandas, anteaters, monkeys, babirussas, zebras, small and big beasts as well as countless other animals.