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Smallest zoo opens for 2009

THE SMALLEST zoo in Slovakia, in Spišská Nová Ves, opened its summer season on April 21. Right from the first day, visitors were able to see the latest acquisitions and newborns.

THE SMALLEST zoo in Slovakia, in Spišská Nová Ves, opened its summer season on April 21. Right from the first day, visitors were able to see the latest acquisitions and newborns.

“We have pygmy goats, domestic goats, llamas and we are expecting a donkey and a camel,” remarked Jana Dzúriková, the head of the zoo. The zoo’s mascot, a chimpanzee named Jupi, got new quarters during the winter. And the young of the hairless apes who visit can now enjoy the reconstructed playground.

Covering eight hectares, the zoo in Spišská Nová Ves has about 230 animals of 77 species. It includes a natural lake and has a brook flowing through the whole complex. Visitors can see animals recorded in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, for instance the Siberian (or Ussuri) tiger, as well as typical Slovak domestic animals like goats, pigs, sheep and hens.

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